This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word tar baby
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an inextricable problem or situation.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of tar baby:
after the tar doll in an Uncle Remus story (1881) of J. C. Harris
The Tar-Baby is a fictional character in the second of the Uncle Remus stories published in 1881; it is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br'er Rabbit. The more that Br'er Rabbit fights the Tar-Baby, the more entangled he becomes.
In modern usage, "tar baby" refers to any "sticky situation" that is only aggravated by additional contact.
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