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babe magnet

1. A person, typically male, who is very attractive to women. Often used with a degree of humor or facetiousness. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. John thinks he's such a babe magnet now that he's making so much money, but everyone thinks he's just as foolish as ever.
2. Something that attracts women to its owner, who is typically male. Often used with a degree of humor or facetiousness. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I bought my motorcycle because I thought it would be a great babe magnet.
See also: babe, magnet

babe in the woods

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 the woods when she began attending college.
See also: babe, wood

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

out of the mouths of babes

Children, though inexperienced, are capable of saying wise, insightful, or mature things. My five-year-old said to one of the sales assistants, "Hey, mister! No touching! Can't you read the sign?" Out of the mouths of babes, huh? A: "It's okay, Mommy. I know you're just upset because you're tired." B: "Thank you, sweetheart. Out of the mouths of babes."
See also: babe, mouth, of, out

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 the woods

Fig. a naive or innocent person; an inexperienced person. (Like a child lost in the woods.) Bill is a babe in the woods when it comes to dealing with plumbers. As a painter, Mary is fine, but she's a babe in the woods as a musician.
See also: babe, wood

*innocent as a lamb

 and *innocent as a newborn babe 
1. guiltless. (*Also: as ~.) "Hey! You can't throw me in jail," cried the robber. "I'm innocent as a lamb."
2. naive; inexperienced. (*Also: as ~.) She's eighteen years old, but innocent as a newborn babe.
See also: innocent, lamb

Out of the mouths of babes (oft times come gems).

Prov. Children occasionally say remarkable or insightful things. Mr. and Mrs. Doyle were quietly bickering in the kitchen when their seven-year-old daughter came in and said, "You guys should get counseling." After a surprised pause, Mrs. Doyle remarked, "out of the mouths of babes." Child: Don't eat so much candy, Mommy. Candy is bad for your teeth. Mother: out of the mouths of babes oft times come gems.
See also: babe, mouth, of, out

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

babe in the woods

An innocent or very naive person who is apt to be duped or victimized, as in She was a babe in the woods where the stock market was concerned. The term originated in a popular ballad of 1595, "The Children in the Wood," about two young orphans who are abandoned in a forest and die.
See also: babe, wood

out of the mouths of babes

Young and inexperienced persons often can be remarkably wise, as in She's only six but she said, quite rightly, that Harry was afraid of the sitter-out of the mouths of babes, Mother said . This expression is a shortening and revision of expressions in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In Psalms 8:2, God ordains strength out of the mouth of babes and sucklings; in Matthew 21:16, praise comes from this source. Later generations changed strength and praise to wisdom.
See also: babe, mouth, of, out

a babe in arms

mainly BRITISH
If you describe someone as a babe in arms, you mean that they are very young. The family have always cycled, and Chris has been going to races since he was a babe in arms. I first appeared on stage as a babe in arms, and my mother just assumed I would become an actor. Note: `Babe' is an old-fashioned word for a baby or small child.
See also: arm, babe

a babe in the woods

You call someone a babe in the woods if they have little experience of life, and they are involved in a difficult situation that they do not understand. By this time I wasn't such a babe in the woods, and one thing I insisted on was that they provide a contract. Note: `Babe' is an old-fashioned word for a baby or small child. An old story tells of two young orphans (= children with no parents) who were left in the care of their uncle. If the children died, the uncle would get their money. The uncle ordered a servant to take them into a wood where they died and their bodies were covered with leaves by the birds. There is a pantomime (= play for children) based on this story.
See also: babe, wood

babe in arms

1 an innocent, inexperienced, or gullible person. 2 something very young or new.
2 2005 Lee Marshall Travel Intelligence Compared to the French Riviera – which is the Olduvai Gorge of Sunbathing Man – the Costa Smeralda is a babe in arms.
See also: arm, babe

babes in the wood

inexperienced people in a situation calling for experience.
The babes in the wood are characters in an old ballad The Children in the Wood, which dates from the 16th century. The two children are abandoned in the wood by their wicked uncle who wishes to steal their inheritance. The children die of starvation and robins cover their bodies with leaves; the uncle and his accomplice are subsequently brought to justice.
See also: babe, wood

a ˌbabe in ˈarms

(old-fashioned)
1 a very young baby not able to walk or crawl
2 a helpless, an inexperienced or an innocent person: He’s a babe in arms in financial matters.
See also: arm, babe

a ˌbabe in the ˈwoods

(American English) somebody who lacks experience of life or knowledge and who is too willing to trust other people: We’re still babes in the woods when it comes to computer technology.This comes from an old song The Children in the Woods in which two children are left alone in the woods by a man who was paid to kill them.
See also: babe, wood

out of the ˌmouths of ˈbabes (and ˈsucklings)

(saying) used when a small child has just said something that seems very wise or clever: It was my daughter who told me I should enjoy life more. She’s only four years old, but out of the mouths of babes...
See also: babe, mouth, of, out

babe

1. and babes n. a term of endearment for a woman or a man. (see also baby.) Look, babe, get in there and tackle that guy! We’re losing! Hey, babes, let’s us two get this done and head on home.
2. n. a good-looking woman. Who is that babe standing on the corner over there? I saw you with that orange haired babe last night. What’s the story?

babes

verb
See babe
See also: babe

babe magnet

and chick magnet
1. n. a male who seems to attract good looking females easily. Keep your woman away from Chuck. He’s a babe magnet. Wilfred thinks he’s a chick magnet, but he only snags the dogs.
2. n. something, such as a car, that attracts good-looking females to a male. Man, I like your new chick magnet. Get any yet? He thought of a new car as a “babe magnet,” but all it drew was the repo man.
See also: babe, magnet
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But if it were not for the efforts of Krause and Norman and a whole bunch of other folks who want to see youth-league baseball not only survive, but flourish, in Lane County, Myrmo would have been loving baseball somewhere else Saturday, instead of at the Willamette Valley Babe Ruth Complex in Bethel.