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tender age of

the young age of... She left home at the tender age of 17 and got married to a rock singer.
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tender something for something

to offer something (of value) for something. The shareholders were asked to tender one of their shares for two of the offering company's. I decided not to tender my shares.
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tender something (to someone) (for something)

to offer or present something to someone for something. Laura tendered payment to Gary for the tickets. Walter tendered the old shares to the company for new shares.

leave somebody to somebody's tender mercies

  (humorous)
to let someone be dealt with by another person who is not likely to show them any kindness or sympathy Should I have a word with her myself or leave her to Mick's tender mercies?
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leave to someone's tender mercies

Submit to another's power or discretion, especially to an unsympathetic individual. Today this expression is always used ironically, as in We left him to the tender mercies of that stiff-necked, arrogant nurse. It alludes to a biblical passage (Proverbs 12:10): "A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."
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tender age

A young age, as in It's a great advantage to learn languages at a tender age. [Early 1300s]
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tender loving care

Also, TLC. Solicitous and compassionate care, as in These houseplants sure have had tender loving care, or Older house for sale, needs some renovation and TLC. Originally used to describe the work of care-givers such as nurses, this term today is often used ironically or euphemistically. [Second half of 1900s]
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We also need not choose between the mountainside epiphany and the tenderest chapter to locate the moral apotheosis of Lolita.
but they didn't stay to count their inventions, racing into sands, converting themselves into so many, embracing, at Ramadan, the tenderest effigies of themselves with penises shorn by the hundreds, like a camel ravishing a goat.
For morning, with a ray of tenderest joy Gilding the iron heaven, hides the truth, And evening gently woos us to employ Our grief in idle catches.
In intimate terms, the confession explains that "now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, [Christ] is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour.
Wednesday: Meatfest Night - NEWJoin us at Chefs House where we will be serving succulent cuts of the tenderest meat from around the world, cooked to perfection to melt in your mouth.
Close the saloons and the jails will empty themselves; cries of poverty will be turned to songs of joy; childish wailings to melodious laughter; drunken blows to fond caresses; and hatred be transmuted into tenderest love.
After he and Emma have revealed their true feelings to each other and their attachment is formed, he says, "The good was all to myself, by making you an object of the tenderest affection to me.
He had a fascinating chunk of Lincoln's correspondence with Speed, which he analyzed with considerable finesse; they were the tenderest and most intimate letters Lincoln ever wrote to anyone, including his wife.
She was touched by the sentiment and by the way he would not inhibit his emotions; she had had enough, over the years, of the male propensity for sheltering, even forbidding, their tenderest feelings.
still got a decade's worth left Yet it seems our next generation are doing homework at this tenderest of ages.
This would indicate that the tenderest meat of all is the leg meat and the toughest meat is the breast meat of free-range chickens.
More meaningful than Christmas dinner and more special than strawberries in season, asparagus is a taste sensation matched only by the tenderest tips of purple-sprouting broccoli - a similarly superior vegetable.
A few rhythmic glitches aside, her plea to her husband to see her son was one of the tenderest interludes of the night.
In 1824, she wrote to Maria Gist Gratz, her sister-in-law, that these children "were the objects of my constant and tenderest concerns "and that they gave her "a deep interest in life.
She prayed something silent and gave the lid three of the tenderest kisses either Liza or Chelly had witnessed.