Entry from British & World English dictionary
(Of a person) old or mature in certain respects without having developed fully in others: force-ripe young girls standing in groups
More example sentences
- No wonder we are forced today to come to terms with ‘force-ripe’ people which in the past was an exception rather than the rule.
By association with a fruit that has ripened by forcing.
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