Dry Behind the Ears

This expression is often preceded with “not even,” and it originated in describing a new born farm animal.  According to Charles Earle Funk in “A Hog on Ice & Other Curious expressions it is used to describe someone who is “As innocent and unsophisticated as a babe.” That would be an animal that is still new enough to have moisture in the depression behind the ears or a person who is incredibly naïve.

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