Definition of tar baby in English:
A difficult problem which is only aggravated by attempts to solve it: disposal of nuclear waste was a problem whose solution was endlessly delayed, a tar baby no one wanted anything to do with
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- What makes their revolution even more unlikely is that they have collectively picked up the two ‘tar babies’ of American swimming - club support/development and governance.
- I don't know how we would have let go of that tar baby once we had grabbed hold of it.
- Yes, this is the enigmatic legacy of the 1960s, that tar baby of American cultural politics.
With allusion to the doll smeared with tar as a trap for Brer Rabbit, in J. C. Harris's Uncle Remus.
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