babe in the woods

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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