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born yesterday

Extremely naïve, gullible, or unintelligent, like a newborn baby. Almost always used in the negative or as a rhetorical question. Don't think you can fool me with that old ruse, I wasn't born yesterday, you know. Of course I know that major political issues can't be fixed overnight. Do you think I was born yesterday?
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born yesterday

Naive or ignorant. Used in negative constructions: Of course I can use a computer; I wasn't born yesterday.
See also: born, yesterday
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Bart Overvliet said: "A baby girl was born yesterday evening.
She was rushed in so quickly she did not even have time to see her new baby brother who was born yesterday afternoon.
Dubai Dmitry Petrus who was born yesterday has something very strangely common with his great- grandfather and his father.
I'm sure you and your party were born yesterday -on another planet
The baby, thought to have been born yesterday, was found shortly before 8.
In Ireland, babies born yesterday receive a payment from the Dublin government.
Little Zak was born yesterday and weighs around three-and-a-bit bags of sugar.
A 7oz panda cub was also born yesterday in another centre in Sichuan, and it became the heaviest cub in the history of China's artificial breeding programme, the report said.
Dani had been due to be born yesterday but arrived three weeks early on December 20 at Barnsley District General Hospital, weighing a healthy 5lb 13oz.
Twin lambs First-foot and Hogmanay, thought to be the vfirst to arrive in the region, were born yesterday morning.
The child was was born yesterday by caesarean section and the birth "went very well," said Brigitte Boisselier, a French chemist and member of the Raelian sect
The slow birth rate at the Heath Hospital then started to pick up with three more youngsters born yesterday morning.
Margaret Beckett must think we were all born yesterday,' said Shadow cabinet office minister Tim Collins.
Although this was the first film shoot for the restaurant, the Willard Inter-Continental hotel has been featured in numerous Hollywood films, including RANDOM HEARTS, SPECIES II, and BORN YESTERDAY.