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country cousin

Someone unknowledgeable, unsophisticated, or naïve about the niceties and complexities of an urban environment, especially in a humorous or quaint capacity. I always try to lend a hand to the poor country cousins who invariably stand bewildered by the skyscrapers and the incredible noise of traffic. I thought I was savvy enough to live in New York City, but I soon felt like the country cousin.
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country cousin

One whose lack of sophistication or rural ways may amuse or embarrass city dwellers. For example, The sightseeing guide geared his tour toward country cousins who had never been to a large city before . This term, which literally means "a cousin who lives in the country," has been used in this figurative way since the second half of the 1700s, although the idea is much older (such persons were stock figures of fun in Restoration comedies of the late 1600s and early 1700s).
See also: country, cousin

a country ˈbumpkin/ˈcousin

(informal, usually disapproving) a person from the countryside who is not used to towns or cities and seems stupid: He felt a real country bumpkin, sitting in that expensive restaurant, not knowing which cutlery to use.
See also: bumpkin, country, cousin
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His novels, mostly with a contemporary New York background, include Sybil (1952), The Great World of Timothy Colt (1956), Venus in Sparta (1958), Pursuit of the Prodigal (1959), The House of Five Talents (1960), Portrait in Brownstone (1962), The Embezzler (1966), A World of Profit (1968), The Dark Lady (1977), The Country Cousin (1978), The House of the Prophet (1980), Exit Lady Masham (1983), Fellow Passengers (1989), and The Lady of Situations (1990).
I Come as a Thief (1972), The Winthrop Covenant (1976), The Country Cousin (1978), and The House of the Prophet (1980).
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