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Idioms and Phrases with babe in arms

babe in arms

An infant, as in She's been a family friend since I was a babe in arms. Although the word “babe” for baby has been used since the 1300s, this phrase describing a child too young to walk (and hence having to be carried) dates only from about 1900.

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  • There were a half dozen of them—two men, three females, and one babe-in-arms.

    Quest of the Golden Ape

    Ivar Jorgensen