at the tender age of

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at the tender age of

At the young 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
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He began quarter-midget racing at the tender age of 5 and won his first national championship when he was 8.
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