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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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The original Born Yesterday subverted all those expectations, and its revival's undiminished power to compel the laughter of everyone but Frank Rich (for it has had generally favorable reviews) suggests that those expectations are still solidly in place.
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.
MICHAEL Owen was back in the town where he was born yesterday morning showing off his new book.
The youngster, who was seven days overdue, was born yesterday morning a little over an hour after Phillips, 41, realised she was going into labour.
HAPPY COUPLE Chancellor Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah, whose daughter was born yesterday, seven weeks premature.
Midwives across the region were kept busy as more than 60 babies were born yesterday.
Little Zak was born yesterday and weighs around three-and-a-bit bags of sugar.
ENGLAND'SRugby World Cup winners received the freedom of the town where the game was born yesterday.
SIR - Condom manufacturer Durex must think we were born yesterday.
Do you think I was born yesterday," followed by double helpings of "You lot treat this place like a hotel," and "What did your last servant die of?
AMERICAN soldiers sealed off the village where Saddam Hussein was born yesterday and ordered adults to register for identity cards.
The Canadian beauty is the proud new mum of son Augustin James Evangelista, who was born yesterday in New York.
The baby, named Evie, was born yesterday -almost a fortnight early - and weighed in at 6lb 7oz.
She had to be rushed into the household without seeing her baby brother who was born yesterday.
Her colleagues at Ireland AM tweeted: "Congratulations to the lovely @daly_anna on the birth of the newest addition to the family, baby Euan, who was born yesterday evening.
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