wet behind the ears

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Definition

The idiom ‘wet behind the ears’ is used to describe someone who is inexperienced or naive. It is usually used to refer to a young person who is new to a situation or field of study.

Examples

He’s still wet behind the ears, but he’s already making a name for himself in the corporate world.

She’s so wet behind the ears, she doesn’t know the first thing about running a business.

Origin

This idiom is believed to have originated from the fact that young animals will usually be wet behind their ears due to the amniotic fluid that is still present when they are born.

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