Definition of street credibility in English:

street credibility

(also street cred)


  • [mass noun] Acceptability among fashionable young urban people.

    ‘the Liverpudlian is to use his street credibility to try to get the anti-vandalism message across to schoolchildren’
    and → cred
    • ‘The arrival of the club will allow young people to do something which has street credibility and at the same time keep them out of trouble.’
    • ‘In an urban environment, he brings a lot of street credibility to this particular character.’
    • ‘So the Republicans can claim some street cred for supporting one of the largest integration programs in the country.’
    • ‘Donald's love of sport was not some kind of affectation designed to bring him street credibility in constituency walkabouts.’
    • ‘The other inmates treat me good because of my street credibility.’
    • ‘Until their early teens, men tend to let their mothers choose their clothes, until this becomes too embarrassing or damaging to their street credibility.’
    • ‘It also lacks essential equipment that should be standard, is not very economical and has absolutely no street credibility whatsoever.’
    • ‘The ability to send text messages may give street credibility to the young but in your 40s the opposite could apply, writes Dave Andrew.’
    • ‘Many said it was because the media portrayed him as a good guy, therefore hurting his street credibility.’
    • ‘Well, she's all right, but you're not really doing your street credibility any good, are you mate?’
    • ‘The patrician Villepin was an unusual choice to be France's top cop: Mr Chirac hoped the job would give him more street credibility with voters.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, at risk of losing my dubious street credibility, this ain't bad.’
    • ‘But one detail counts more than any clothes or accessories when establishing your street credibility, and that is natural feet - or, as it's known in the trade, the naked pedicure.’
    • ‘The anti-glamour of these pictures may signal an aspiration to street credibility.’
    • ‘One of the main problems is peer pressure which often dictates that it is good for your street credibility to drink branded fizzy drinks.’
    • ‘Originally intending it to operate with a degree of independence, the American occupying authority has instead kept the station under firm control, damaging its street credibility.’
    • ‘They have got street credibility and a wow factor.’
    • ‘We started growing and we had street credibility…’
    • ‘For gangster rappers, criminal charges can be a way of gaining credibility on the street, street cred.’
    • ‘Twenty years on, the hooligan has lost his street credibility.’
    prestige, prestigiousness, distinction, status, standing, kudos, snob value, stature, prominence, importance, pre-eminence, eminence
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