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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A young person who acts older than he or she is, due to conservative and/or outdated beliefs and behaviors. A play on the more common phrase "old fogey"—and older person with outdated ideals.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

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.
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The Inces have had a previous father-and-son stint at Notts County when young Thomas was on loan from Liverpool.
Then think of the loss of talent brought about by the deaths of these two geniuses, not to mention several young 18th century poets including Robert Ferguson and poor, much deceived young Thomas Chatterton, who died in his early twenties from arsenic poisoning, his genius snuffed out like a candle flame.
Saying that he was "flabbergasted" by the devastating Tweet sent by Trierweiler, the young Thomas said: "I knew that something could come from her one day, but not this huge, it's surreal.
The fictional Gilmore family consists of the fairly down-to-earth father and his neurotic wife (partly explained by her previous loss of two other children) young Thomas, a practical, adventurous and comparatively uncomplicated boy, Eve his petulant, self-absorbed sister and the frail pampered infant, Bea who throughout cannot bear to be separated from her beloved Teddy.
She later died in prison awaiting trial, but not before Wightman had taken part in a bizarre exorcism of young Thomas, during which he attempted to cure the teen through prayer.
The veteran, formerly of Bangor City, Cemaes Bay and Holyhead Town, is still turning on the magic for Bay and proving the ideal strike partner for young Thomas.
But the high level of humour and spirited performances (especially from young Thomas Robinson as Kassie's son Sebastian) make it an enjoyable journey with more than a few laugh-out-loud moments.
Olic was not always first choice at FC Hollywood, but his mobility gives him the nod over German international target men Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez, while young Thomas Muller has proved to be a decent link between Olic and the dogged midfield.
WITH dark and bloody eloquence, the novel charts the rise and fall of young Thomas - yes, the doubting one - also known as T.
Heaven scent: David takes the sexy perfume ad in his stride; In brief: On the boat in D&G advert; Lip lip hooray: His scorching screen kiss; FAMILY A young Thomas Bruce, left, bears a striking resemblance to his great-grandson in his teens
Young Thomas visits his grandmother each summer in Cape Cod.
While Thomas's six siblings were kept busy helping tend a herd of 100 cows, young Thomas would sneak off with a ball and give the farm's walls a hammering.
The trophy, a limited edition, bronze sculpture depicting young Thomas Crowley as he ferried goods to and from ships on San Francisco Bay in the early 1890s, is a tribute to the founder of the company as well as the winners of the award.
Versatile, young Thomas, now a starter, gets a chance to grow.
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