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Mother wit   /mˈəðər wɪt/   Listen
Mother wit

Sound practical judgment.  Synonyms: common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, sense.  "He hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples" , "Fortunately she had the good sense to run away"

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"Mother wit" Quotes from Famous Books

... thine.' And she turned and extended to me a soft slim hand, ungloved and delicately veined; and then she began to question me about the Fair and the things I had seen, showing in her questions and comments a singular mixture of innocent unworldliness, and native shrewdness, and mother wit. ...
— Against Odds - A Detective Story • Lawrence L. Lynch

... and breadth of the land by the mendicant brother, begging his way from town to town, chatting with farmer or housewife at the cottage door, and setting up his portable pulpit in village green or market-place. His open-air sermons, ranging from impassioned devotion to coarse story and homely mother wit, became the journals as well as the homilies of the day; political and social questions found place in them side by side with spiritual matters; and the rudest countryman learned his tale of a king's oppression or a patriot's hopes as he listened to the rambling, passionate, humorous ...
— History of the English People, Volume II (of 8) - The Charter, 1216-1307; The Parliament, 1307-1400 • John Richard Green

... man more surely and more naturally reveals his true character than in his correspondence, so that after awhile, even though the subject of the letters be nothing more interesting than the studies in hand, those who write the letters may learn to know each other if they have but the mother wit to read between the lines. Certainly this young schoolmaster did not know Iris, nor did he desire to discover what she was like, being wholly occupied with the study of himself. Strange and kindly provision of Nature. The less desirable a man actually appears to others, the more fondly ...
— In Luck at Last • Walter Besant

Words linked to "Mother wit" :   gumption, sagaciousness, sense, common sense, sagacity, good sense, nous, judgement, discernment, logic, horse sense, judgment, road sense

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