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    babe in the wood

    Dear teachers,



    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?
    I said, “You are a babe in the wood. You just don’t have any idea of what the police will go when the going gets tough.”

    Some people who are otherwise shrewd are mere babes in the woods when the stock market is concerned.

    She was mistress of her face and movements, as she had never been when she and John were babes in the wood. (J. Galsworthy, “Swan Song”)

    babe in the wood = simple-minded, ingenuous, credulous, naive … person

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 02-Nov-2010 at 10:37.

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    Re: babe in the wood

    Yes. usually naive in BrE

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