babe in the woods
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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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Words nearby babe in the woods
Babcock test, babe, Bab ed-Din, babe-in-a-cradle, babe in arms, babe in the woods, Babel, Babelism, Babelize, Babelized, Bab el Mandeb
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How to use babe in the woods in a sentence
There will be something doing around your heart, Miss Babe-in-the-Woods, in a very few minutes.The Daughter of Anderson Crow|George Barr McCutcheon