Streetwise definition

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(informal) Knowledgeable and shrewd, as a result of practical experience, about life in urban areas where vice and crime are prevalent.
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Having the shrewd awareness, experience, and resourcefulness needed for survival in a difficult, often dangerous urban environment.
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Having the necessary knack, personality and instinct for survival in rough, urban environments.
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Possessing a style that embodies the life and microculture located within urban settings, typically in the States.

You could tell from the way he spat old Tupac lyrics, loitering in the corner with his homies, flipping that Yankees cap on his head like he couldn't give a damn that he was streetwise enough to melt Will Smith.

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