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bloom of youth

The most enjoyable and/or successful time of one's youth, likened to the bloom of a flower being its most prominent and beautiful moment. I have a great fondness for that age, when I was in the bloom of youth.
See also: bloom, of, youth

fountain of youth

Anything reputed or promising to restore one's youth, vitality, or health, or at least the appearance thereof. At the age of 60, your grandmother looks fantastic! She must have discovered the fountain of youth. The way they advertise these skincare products makes you think each one is the fountain of youth or something.
See also: of, youth

growing youth has a wolf in his belly

Young people who are growing seem to be hungry all the time. My teenage son has eaten every last bit of food in the house. I guess it's true that a growing youth has a wolf in his belly.
See also: belly, grow, wolf, youth

the first flush of (something)

The beginning or early stages of something. Of course they're happy now—they're still in the first flush of marriage!
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A growing youth has a wolf in his belly.

Prov. Young people who are growing fast are hungry all the time. If you doubt that a growing youth has a wolf in his belly, you should see how much my fourteen-year-old cousin eats.
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Youth must be served.

Prov. Young people should be allowed to have fun. Don't lecture the young folks because they were out dancing all night. Youth must be served. I don't know where my daughter gets the energy for school, sports, and a full social life. Youth must be served, I suppose.
See also: must, serve, youth

(in) the first flush of ˈyouth, enˈthusiasm, etc.

when somebody is young or something is new: By then, he was no longer in the first flush of youth.In the first flush of enthusiasm, we were able to get everyone interested in helping.
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y the player PATSY MALONE: Has been part of the Youths set up long before the club entered the League of Ireland in 2007.
For example, research has shown that youths and adolescents who engage in heavy drinking may also engage in high-risk sexual behaviors.
At a cost of $300 per individual, a maximum of six youths per age group, per CFDC are welcome, for a total of 30 students in each camp.
Court cases in which youths were found guilty of being unlawfully at large were most likely to receive a sentence to custody and supervision, with 79% of these convicted cases receiving such a sentence.
Children and youths who live in public housing will soon have free, weekly sequential dance instruction taught by professional artists.
First, it helps to fill a gap in the historical literature on juvenile delinquency, which too often focuses on institutional responses to youth crime rather than on youths themselves.
At any given time, an estimated 500 to 1,000 youths are homeless in Los Angeles County after turning 18 and leaving foster care, officials said.
4] Twenty-nine percent of these youths were arrested for Crime Index offenses.
Madness, Thompson suggests, is "the natural, predictable reaction" of youths to the "larger, hostile adult culture that is anti-youth, particularly anti-African-American youth.
The survey was not designed as a research project, but rather as a way to provide "state-of-the-art" insights for vocational rehabilitation services to youths in the 14- to 18-year-old age group.
The report's findings include how much time youths from each country spend on the Internet and watching television and what they do or watch while pursuing each activity.
This association will offer client assessment, ongoing case management, group-based employability skills and work experience to 60 youths with significant disabilities, to help them to find and keep work.
Homicide is the second leading cause of death for persons 15-24 years of age and the leading cause of death for African American and Hispanic youths ("Facts," 1999).
Foster youths experience these feelings and more as they pack their few belongings and head out into the real world.
92) Forcher's argumentation does not discuss in a systematic manner the increases for newly arrestable offences resulting from the 1885 "vagabond laws," but the following examination of the offences that youths were most often charged with will bear out his conclusion that these laws were primarily responsible for a large portion of the increased arrests and convictions of juveniles.