babe in arms

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babe in arms

1. An infant. (Based on the fact that an infant is typically carried in an adult's arms). Let me see that precious babe in arms!
2. A person who is gullible, naïve, or lacks experience in a specific situation. Although Jane had always excelled in school, she felt like a babe in arms when she began attending college.
See also: arm, babe

babe in arms

 
1. Lit. a very young baby that is carried by an adult. I have known that since I was a babe in arms! A young mother with a babe in arms stood in line with the rest of the students.
2. Fig. an innocent or naive person. He's a babe in arms when it comes to taking girls out. Mary has no idea how to win the election. Politically she's a babe in arms.
See also: arm, babe

babe in arms

An infant, as in She's been a family friend since I was a babe in arms. Although the word "babe" for baby has been used since the 1300s, this phrase describing a child too young to walk (and hence having to be carried) dates only from about 1900.
See also: arm, babe