The white people who questioned the wisdom of starting this new school had in their minds pictures of what was called an educated Negro, with a high hat, imitation gold eye-glasses, a showy walking-stick, kid gloves, fancy boots, and what not--in a word, a man who was determined to live by his wits
. It was difficult for these people to see how education would produce any other kind of a coloured man.
He just wants to play around and live by his wits
, getting as much money as he can.
Although his pal Vic Haines also died and is buried in France, Ron was able to live by his wits
. He swapped his flying gear for a scarecrow's rags, ate raw mushrooms and mixed water purification tablets into a yellow puddle on a cow track to quench his thirst until he made contact with a ploughing farmer.
Billy Young was an orphan who spent some of his childhood years in the markets of Sydney, and was quite a larrikin, skipping school and learning to live by his wits
Raised by his eccentric and increasingly erratic father, Jack has learned to live by his wits
. He outsmarts the local businessmen, out-argues the local priest, and even outplays a gang of hardened carnies at a seedy fairground.
The father, a captured Hungarian prisoner, had to live by his wits
in a chess game.
Mark Ruffell, defending, said his client had been driven to crime by a 'cocktail of disorders' including a disturbed childhood, witnessing violence and suffering abuse before eventually being abandoned to 'live by his wits
' at the age of 11.
Madame Griveau has an autistic child and a shady businessman husband who is forced to live by his wits