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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: behind, ear, wet
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: behind, ear, wet
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

wet behind the ears

If someone is wet behind the ears, they are young and do not have much knowledge or experience of a situation. Hawking was a research student, still wet behind the ears by scientific standards. Terry, it turned out, was just out of university and wet behind the ears. Note: You can also use wet-behind-the-ears before a noun. The song is all about how he felt as a small-town, wet-behind-the-ears kid coming to LA for the first time. Note: There are two possible origins for this expression. It may refer to a young animal being washed by its mother. Alternatively, it may refer to children forgetting to dry behind their ears after washing.
See also: behind, ear, wet
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

wet behind the ears

lacking experience; immature. informal
The image is of a baby or young animal which is still damp after it has been born.
See also: behind, ear, wet
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(still) ˌwet behind the ˈears

(informal, disapproving) be young and with very little experience: He’s a young teacher, still wet behind the ears. OPPOSITE: an old hand (at something/at doing something)
See also: behind, ear, wet
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wet behind the ears

Inexperienced; green.
See also: behind, ear, wet
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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