whiz kid

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whiz kid

A person, usually a child or young adult, who is exceptionally skilled or intelligent. He was developing software by the time he was 10 years old—he's a total computer whiz kid. Those whiz kids at the spelling bee are always so impressive to watch. Sarah's the new whiz kid in accounting. She'll help you tackle the budget in no time.
See also: kid, whiz
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

a ˈwhizz-kid

(also ˈwhiz-kid) (informal) a person who is very good and successful at something, especially at a young age: ‘Who’s the new manager?’ ‘A financial whizz-kid from Harvard Business School.’
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whiz kid

n. a young whiz. The boss’s new whiz kid doesn’t seem to be doing the job very well.
See also: kid, whiz
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

whiz kid

An exceptionally intelligent or precociously successful young person. The term is an alteration of Quiz Kids, a popular radio series of the 1940s that much later was revived on television. It involved a panel of five exceptionally bright children who were asked questions sent in by listeners. The current cliché was coined soon afterward and is no longer confined to children. The Economist had it in December 1962: “Critics . . . regard President Kennedy as a quiz kid surrounded by whiz kids.”
See also: kid, whiz
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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