Wet behind the ears


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Wet behind the ears : Phrases



Meaning:

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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