at the tender age of

at the tender age of

This phrase is used to emphasize how young one was when one did something in particular. (The age is stated after "of.") I'm not surprised to hear that he was doing science experiments at the tender age of seven—he's a child genius!
See also: age, of, tender
References in classic literature ?
Such was the first distinguished exploit of Miss Frederica Vernon; and, if we consider that it was achieved at the tender age of sixteen, we shall have room for the most flattering prognostics of her future renown.
Even at the tender age of four, Zion Gutierrez is already showing potential in showbiz, with his cute looks and even cuter dance moves.
Born in 1947, he made his debut by singing at Urs of Shah Shams Tabrez in Multan at the tender age of 10.
An entrepreneur and fashion blogger at the tender age of 21, Ellie, from Stockton, has her feet solidly placed on the ladder of success (Gazette 27.
At the tender age of 40 Ryan Giggs has called an end to his playing career after being named as Louis van Gaal's assistant at Old Trafford after taking charge of Manchester United for four games at the end of this season following David Moyes' exit.
35pm Last year, the man considered America's greatest living novelist announced his retirement - at the tender age of 80 - but Philip Roth, who has turned out era-defining fiction for over half a century now, shocked the world by doing so.
At the tender age of 13 she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Atonement.
THOSE people objecting to Malala opening the library seem to have overlooked the fact the she is a world famous celebrity who has addressed the United Nations at the tender age of 16.
At the tender age of 69 I was fortunate to land on my "fleshy parts".
Stephen Gately was discovered alone on the sofa, having died from natural causes at the tender age of 33.
Summary: Teen music sensation Miley Cyrus has released her autobiography at the tender age of 16.
Her violent death at the tender age of 20 in the little Lancashire town of Bacup showed intolerance at its worst.
She took it very well," he laughed, describing her reaction when he told her, at the tender age of 33, that he preferred the company of men.
At the tender age of 16, Kelly Ann (Samantha Shields) gives birth to a baby boy, the result of an abortive dalliance with 18-year-old Lee (Martin Compston).
Starting at the tender age of 4, he honed the ability to transfer images in his mind to the leftover pieces of paper brought home by his father.