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eat (one's) young

To neglect, betray, or harshly criticize members of a group that are of a lower status or position. The more experienced nursing staff has been accused of eating their young, treating trainees and new nurses with sometimes intolerable contempt. As the business crumbled, the CEOs and members of management began eating their young out of desperation, indiscriminately firing anyone who had less than five years' experience in the company.
See also: eat, young

young fogey

A young person who acts older than he or she is, due to conservative and/or outdated beliefs and behaviors. A play on the more common phrase "old fogey"—and older person with outdated ideals. Primarily heard in UK. You don't want to come to the club? Ah, you're such a young fogey. I can't believe you're going to bed early on a Saturday night so that you can go to church in the morning—you're such a young fogey!
See also: fogey, young

young lady

1. A girl, typically one who is between adolescence and adulthood. You are becoming quite the responsible young lady.
2. An admonishment for a girl, typically given by her parents. You are in so much trouble, young lady! I can't believe you borrowed my car without my permission!
See also: lady, young

young man

1. A boy, typically one who is between adolescence and adulthood. You are becoming quite the responsible young man.
2. An admonishment for a boy, typically given by his parents. You are in so much trouble, young man! I can't believe you borrowed my car without my permission!
See also: man, young

young once

A phrase emphasizing that someone will not be young forever. Typically used in the phrase "you're only young once." You need to go skydiving with us. Come on, you're only young once—it's time for an adventure!
See also: once, young

bright young thing

A young person who is exuberant, ambitious, and glamorous. A: "Daisy is a bright young thing, isn't she?" B: "I know! I wish I had an ounce of her verve and style."
See also: bright, thing, young

only the good die young

A phrase typically used as a source of comfort after someone has died at a young age. I know that only the good die young, but I'm still heartbroken to have lost my best friend—she was just 20 years old and had her whole life ahead of her! He was just the kindest person, and only the good die young.
See also: die, good, young

sweet young thing

A cute, innocent young girl or woman. You are 60 years old! How, in good conscience, can you date that sweet young thing? I love spending time with my niece, she's such a sweet young thing.
See also: sweet, thing, young

while we're young

slang Hurry up! The phrase suggests that one might wait so long for something as to reach old age. Come on, make a decision while we're young! While we're young, Jim! We need to get going!
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you can't put an old head on young shoulders

A young person cannot be expected to have or display the wisdom and sound judgment of an older person. I know that you can't put an old head on young shoulders, and yet, I still get so frustated with my son and the ridiculous things that he does!
See also: head, old, on, put, shoulder, young

you can't put a wise head on young shoulders

A young person cannot be expected to have or display the wisdom and sound judgment of an older person. I know that you can't put an wise head on young shoulders, and yet, I still get so frustated with my son and the ridiculous things that he does!
See also: head, on, put, shoulder, wise, young

younger brother

One's younger male sibling. Yeah, I have a younger brother—his name is Jim. Johnny is Bella's younger brother.
See also: brother, young

younger sister

One's younger female sibling. Yeah, I have a younger sister—her name is Jill. Bella is Johnny's younger sister.
See also: sister, young

an old head on young shoulders

A young person who acts or speaks like an older person. Katie may only be 13, but she is so insightful. She's really an old head on young shoulders. Tommy seems like an old head on young shoulders since he's always repeating the outdated phrases he hears from his grandmother.
See also: head, old, on, shoulder, young

better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave

It is better for a woman to marry an old man who treats her well than a controlling young man. If anyone says that Lord Alistair is too old for you, just remember: better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave.
See also: better, darling, old, slave, young

Better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave.

Prov. A young woman should prefer to marry an old man who dotes on her rather than a young man who may treat her badly. When Mr. Nash proposed to me, I thought he was too old, but my mother advised me, "Better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave." When Marion's friends objected that her fiance was much too old for her, she said, "Better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave."
See also: better, darling, old, slave, young

(The) good die young.

Prov. Good people tend to die at an early age. Marshall's twenty-year-old son died in a car crash; it did not comfort Marshall to think that the good die young. Jill: It doesn't seem fair that Laurie is dead. She was such a wonderful person. Jane: They always say that the good die young.
See also: die, good, young

not as young as one used to be

Fig. getting old. Aunt Lila isn't as young as she used to be. She can't take a lot of trips anymore. Don't walk so fast! I'm not as young as I used to be. It takes me awhile to catch up.
See also: not, one, used, young

Whom the gods love die young.

Prov. Virtuous or gifted people die at an early age, because the gods want those people to be with them in the afterlife. So many brilliant authors and artists died before the age of fifty that it's easy to believe that whom the gods love die young.
See also: die, god, love, whom, young

*young at heart

having a youthful spirit no matter what one's age. (*Typically: act ~; be ~; keep someone ~; stay ~.) I am over 70 but I still feel young at heart.
See also: heart, young

Young men may die, but old men must die.

Prov. Young people may be killed by accidents or disease, but old people cannot avoid dying for very long, simply because they are old. When Grandfather was so sick, he told us, "Don't feel too bad if I pass on; it's my time. Young men may die, old men must die." I'm afraid old Mr. Ferris won't live much longer. Young men may die, but old men must die.
See also: but, die, may, men, must, old, young

an old head on young shoulders

  also a wise head on young shoulders
a child or young person who thinks and talks like an older person who has more experience of life My little nephew said people who dislike other people don't like themselves very much. That's an old head on young shoulders.
See also: head, old, on, shoulder, young

young blood

young people in an organization who will provide new ideas and energy These companies are suffering from a lack of young blood.
See also: blood, young

young at heart

Having a youthful outlook, especially in spite of one's age. For example, She loves carnivals and fairs; she's a grandmother but she's young at heart.
See also: heart, young

young blood

1. n. a newcomer. We keep young bloods so busy they never have a chance to look out the window.
2. n. a young, black male. (see also blood.) Tell that young blood to beat it.
See also: blood, young

young Turk

n. a contentious young person who goes against the system. The young Turks are acting up again.
See also: young

with young

Pregnant. Used of an animal.
See also: young
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18 Who plays a young Edward 'Grandad' Trotter in Rock And Chips, the prequel to Only Fools And Horses .
It was grounded in opposition to the Statute of Labourers and the third poll tax of 1377 as well as to John of Gaunt, regent for the young Edward II.
When dashing young Edward Livingstone caught the eye of his 17-year-old wife-to-be, Gladys, in a cinema, she quickly thought of a way to grab his attention.
It is said that one evening, after having heard from a young Edward Astley that politicians should retire before they are 60, a 60-year-old Churchill, who was yet to become Prime Minister, predicted in response that the zenith of his career was yet to come.
Additionally, we get a much clearer idea than previously of the way in which his son Henry came to be the "henchman" of the young Edward VI.
When the young Edward married the Duke of Westminster's daughter, Lady Tamara Grosvenor, Charles would have been sitting in the front row with the Queen, the Duke and his sons.
There's the time the young Edward (played by Ewan McGregor) confronts a witch with the glass eye (Helena Bonham-Carter), the time he befriends Karl the Giant (Matthew McGrory), and when he joins the circus run by Amos Calloway (Danny DeVito).
50) The wealth and political stature of the extended Dorsey family endowed young Edward with social rank, but his limited education in America kept him from identifying with the more genteel European traditions represented by Alexander Hamilton.
Among the members of the ensemble, the young Edward Liang is distinctive and incisive, as if he were born to the movement; Albert Evans catches the eye as well.
Young Edward was due to be crowned at the end of June but just weeks before it turned out that, gasp, their parent's marriage was declared invalid making the princes illegitimate - and unable to take the throne.
Lawyer Richard Gere (below) is happy to tackle a headline-grabbing case when young Edward Norton's accused of murdering a bishop.
The family moved to St Anthony''s, Byker, where, the 1871 census shows, the vicarage was home to young Edward, six siblings, their parents and four servants.
EMOTIONAL: Young Edward Kennedy III breaks down in front of his grandfather's coffin
We also see young Edward, aged 13, sitting on the lap of his 22-year-old big brother Joe Junior as they read a book together.
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