tar baby

noun

Definition of tar baby

now sometimes offensive
: something from which it is nearly impossible to extricate oneself

First Known Use of tar baby

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tar baby

from the tar baby that trapped Brer Rabbit in an Uncle Remus story by Joel Chandler Harris

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The first known use of tar baby was in 1882

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“Tar baby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tar%20baby. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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