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Friday, 2 November 2007

Phrase of the Day 159: 'wet behind the ears'

"to be wet behind the ears"


definition: to be naive, inexperienced and new to a task.

example: 'Typically, first time car buyers are wet behind the ears when it comes to negotiating with car salesmen.'

origin: When a baby is born, it is covered with mucous and fluid. It takes a little while for the baby to dry off. Protected areas, such as the area behind the ears, take a bit longer.

"Wet behind the ears" refers to a time shortly after birth before being completely dry. Hence unworldly, naive, and inexperienced.

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