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tar baby

or tar·ba·by

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noun

a situation, problem, or the like, that is almost impossible to solve or to break away from.

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Nearby words

taqiyah, taqlid, taqueria, tar, tar and feather, tar baby, tar ball, tar boy, tar heel, tar heel state, tar pit

Origin of tar baby

after the tar doll used to trap Brer Rabbit in an Uncle Remus story (1881) of Joel Chandler Harris
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tar baby

  • In any case, Mofaz appears to have hit the tar-baby between the eyes.

    You Missed It, Mofaz|Bernard Avishai|July 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST