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wet behind the ears

  1. Immature, inexperienced, and naïve: “Don't rely on his advice about girlfriends; he's still wet behind the ears.”


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Also, not dry behind the ears . Immature, inexperienced, as in How can you take instructions from Tom? He's still wet behind the ears , or Jane's not dry behind the ears yet . This term alludes to the fact that the last place to dry in a newborn colt or calf is the indentation behind its ears. [Early 1900s]

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Palace, for those unfamiliar with the series, is a still wet-behind-the-ears detective in Concord, New Hampshire.

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