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tar baby

noun
1.
a situation, problem, or the like, that is almost impossible to solve or to break away from.
Also, tarbaby.
Origin
after the tar doll used to trap Brer Rabbit in an Uncle Remus story (1881) of Joel Chandler Harris
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