at a tender age

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at a tender age

In one's youth. I'm not surprised to hear that he was doing science experiments at a tender age—he's a child genius!
See also: age, tender

at a ˌtender ˈage

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at the tender ˌage of ˈ8, ˈ12, etc.

used in connection with somebody who is still young and does not have much experience: We were sent to boarding school at a tender age.At the tender age of seventeen I left home.
See also: age, tender