not born yesterday

not born yesterday

Not naïve or inexperienced; knowledgeable, intelligent, or shrewd. Don't think you can fool me with that old ruse—I wasn't born yesterday, you know. I know you think Mom is clueless about these things, but she wasn't born yesterday.
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not born yesterday

Fig. experienced; knowledgeable in the ways of the world. I know what's going on. I wasn't born yesterday. Sally knows the score. She wasn't born yesterday.
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not born yesterday

More experienced and less naive than one appears to be, as in Don't think you can fool me; I wasn't born yesterday. This term gained currency from the title of Garson Kanin's popular Broadway play, Born Yesterday, which was made into an even more popular film. In both, Judy Holliday played a stereotypical dumb blonde who shows more common sense than her sophisticated acquaintances. [Early 1800s]
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not born yesterday

If you say that someone wasn't born yesterday you mean that they have enough experience to not be easily tricked. Listen, I wasn't born yesterday. This looks like a work of fiction to me. Note: This expression is often varied. For instance, you can say that someone must think you were born yesterday if they treat you as if you are stupid. They must think I was born yesterday if they think I'd fall for a trick like that.
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born yesterday, not (I wasn't)

Not naive; more experienced than one might think. Already a popular saying by the early nineteenth century, it appeared on both sides of the Atlanti “I warn’t born yesterday,” said Thomas Haliburton’s Sam Slick in one of his Wise Saws (1843). Approximately a century later Garson Kanin used the phrase for the title of a Broadway play that became extremely popular, as did the later (1950) film version. In both, actress Judy Holliday played the quintessential dumb blonde who, despite seeming unsophistication, is graced with enormous good sense.
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The electorate was not born yesterday. Voters put their faith in Labour and their promises before.
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"It reminds people that we come from somewhere, that we were not born yesterday, and that we have a rich history of civilization and democracy that we can build upon, as we chart course for a new Syria," Moubayed said.
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Hey big shot, I was not born yesterday! I think it's a very serious matter knowing that I was also mistaken for a person who was also complaining about the same issue.
Some of us were not born yesterday, and we have seen a full measure of cynical calculations from politicians of every stripe.
The judge told Hardman: "I like to think I am experienced and not born yesterday. I have 18 years experience and I saw your demeanour when you left the dock and your genuine fear, regret and remorse at the thought of going to prison.
Pope was not born yesterday. "I knew she was lying.