from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A situation or problem from which it is virtually impossible to disentangle oneself.
After "Bre'r Rabbit and the Tar Baby,” an Uncle Remus story by Joel Chandler Harris.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Disbelief in him cannot come swiftly, disbelief in a healthy and deeply-loved tar baby has never been known to disintegrate swiftly, it is a very slow process.