be born yesterday
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- (idiomatic, informal) To be new, naive, innocent, inexperienced, or easily deceived.
- I was not born yesterday, you know. I have done this before!
1915, William MacLeod Raine, chapter 6, in Steve Yeager:
- "Say, do I look like I was born yesterday? See any green in my eye, Cactus Center?"
1998, Gwyn Hyman Rubio, Icy Sparks, page 155:
- "Compared to me, you were born yesterday."
2005, Howard Zinn and Donaldo Pereira Macedo, Howard Zinn on Democratic Education, page 69:
- If you don't know important things about history, then it's as if you were born yesterday.
- Mostly used in the negative to indicate that one is not as naive as had been implied, but sometimes in an affirmative form, as in the quotations above.
- See Wikisaurus:naive
to be inexperienced
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