wet behind the ears


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wet behind the ears

Inexperienced, often because one is young. You'll never win the case with him as your lawyer—he's just out of law school and still wet behind the ears! This group of interns seems especially wet behind the ears—I barely trust them to get my coffee!
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wet behind the ears

 and not dry behind the ears; hardly dry behind the ears
Fig. young and inexperienced. John's too young to take on a job like this! He's still wet behind the ears! He may be wet behind the ears, but he's well-trained and totally competent. Tom is going into business by himself? Why, he's hardly dry behind the ears.
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wet behind the ears

young and not experienced The job put a lot of responsibility on someone who was still wet behind the ears, but he learned fast.
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wet behind the ears

Also, not dry behind the ears. Immature, inexperienced, as in How can you take instructions from Tom? He's still wet behind the ears, or Jane's not dry behind the ears yet. This term alludes to the fact that the last place to dry in a newborn colt or calf is the indentation behind its ears. [Early 1900s]
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wet behind the ears

Inexperienced; green.
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When David Beckham turned down a string of Premiership clubs and teams in Europe to join the Major League Soccer circuit, many of us scoffed at the prospect because the feeling on this side of the pond is that the Americans are still wet behind the ears when it comes to playing football as we know it.
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Likewise the domestic incident that literally blew up in the face of the fresh-faced rookie, which also left you wondering what sort of force would send home a wet behind the ears probationer whose first day on the job involved a hostage scenario that almost killed him and left a guy in pieces, with just a pat on the head and an "are you ok" from the sergeant
His progress mirrors that of Mathew Tait, another boy wonder to be called up while still wet behind the ears.
I don't think we are wet behind the ears and naive to what this is all about," he said.
When it comes to being wet behind the ears, Nick Clegg beats Michael Phelps.
She still appeared wet behind the ears here last time and I wouldn't be surprised if she was a bit flattered by her finishing effort because she was glued to the stands' side, which can often be the place to be.
You could never call Paddy wet behind the ears but on this occasion he literally was, when Lyn accidentally (so she tells us) spilled a glass of wine on him
We were very wet behind the ears that day," he recalled.
Owton ward councillor Maureen Goosey said of Mr Diamond: "He's a bit wet behind the ears.
Krayzelburg was too wet behind the ears to know he should have been seriously bummed to have been left home from Atlanta after coming so close to making the team.
The youngster has since earned raved reviews for his attitude, commitment, and work-rate, but Joyce confirmed that Meredith is still wet behind the ears when it comes to mastering the basics of Aussie Rules.
Ruth told the former site manager he's not some 25-year-old who's wet behind the ears.