(to be) not born yesterday




Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - not born yesterday

"(to be) not born yesterday"

to not be naive and easily fooled or tricked

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - not born yesterday

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  A forty percent reduction in shipping costs and ninety days net just to stay with your company as our supplier?

Colleague 2:  We value your business and want to keep you as a customer.

Colleague 1:  Do you think I was born yesterday? That deal is too good to be true. What is the trick.

Colleague 2:  You are astute. The reduced shipping costs are for the next six months only.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - not born yesterday

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  You were late getting home last night.

Husband:  I had car troubles.

Wife:  I wasn't born yesterday, you know. Your clothes reek of cigar smoke and whisky. You couldn't resist going to the Friday night poker game with the boys, could you?

Husband:  You caught me. I should have known better than to try and fool you.



(to be) not born yesterday - Usage:

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(to be) not born yesterday - Gerund Form:

Not being born yesterday, I did not believe a word he said.




(to be) not born yesterday - Examples:

1)  ... but they also knew -- after all, these women weren't born yesterday -- that we were just as capable of ignoring the need to be presentable for ...

2)  ... am an experienced self employed business person, qualified aeronautical engineer and wasn't born yesterday. The simple truth is that HETAS engineers are ripping off the general public because ...

3)  ... say that I'm not an idiot or a fool, I wasn't born yesterday and, some of your customers, myself included, are professionals in technology and ...

4)  ... if it hit right them right between the eyes, but they weren't born yesterday. You don't need to have a Ph.D. in economics.

5)  ... as you are writing like you were born yesterday but unfortunately you weren't born yesterday but your ignorance is talking.

6)  Are you kidding dude? I wasn't born yesterday.

7)  I know what you book blogger types are like! I wasn't born yesterday

8)  When someone says that they weren't born yesterday, they mean that they are not naive or easily fooled.

9)  ... to seduce me of course. I understood that. I wasn't born yesterday

10)  Don't take me for a fool, I wasn't born yesterday!

11)  Please, some of us weren't born yesterday. Don't be so naive and quick to embrace a jazzy power point presentation ...

12)  Many big money folks have invested heavily in democrats - they weren't born yesterday.

13)  I wasn't born yesterday! Why would your rep need to lie?

14)  First you observe a thing. Then, because you weren't born yesterday and therefore are perfectly aware that nothing exists that doesn't promote the continued subjugation ...

15)  A mature person wasn't born yesterday girls and boys.. we are very aware of your emotional signals as we are ...

16)  I have a bright, open, boyish countenance, but I was not born yesterday. You want to get a dangerous rival out of the way without trouble, ...

17)  Come on bro, we were not born yesterday. Bro, use your head and think. Don't be obsessed with ...

18)  He should have known better. He was not born yesterday... He knows what those properties signify, he knows what those properties mean, ...

19)  People were not born yesterday, especially the many clever, resourceful authors behind the parodies.

20)  There is no other way. We were not born yesterday, we have gone through a lot of world and European championships, and we ...