an old head on young shoulders

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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 Tommy seems like an old head on young shoulders since he's always repeating the outdated phrases he hears from his grandmother.
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(have) an old head on young ˈshoulders

used to describe a young person who acts in a more sensible way than you would expect for a person of their age: He’s only seventeen, but he has an old head on young shoulders and remains calm under pressure.
See also: head, old, on, shoulder, young
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From an early age there was never any doubt about Wayne's ability as a player, unfortunately, as a lot of us have experienced, you cannot put a wise head on young shoulders and, while Wayne went on to enjoy his football no matter were he played, it's a shame he didn't grace the Irish League for long enough.
SINEAD O'DONNELL is a wise head on young shoulders. The 25-year-old, above, narrowly missed out on the prestigious title of Young UK Thinker of the Year 2005 for her theories on big business.
Strong and stylish in the saddle, with a wise head on young shoulders and a fine grounding in general horsemanship, he already has many of the attributes of a top jockey.
DENIS NAUGHTEN certainly is a wise head on young shoulders.