have a good head on (one's) shoulders

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have a good head on (one's) shoulders

To be capable of making sound, responsible decisions. Joe has a good head on his shoulders, so I highly doubt that he would go to Vegas and gamble all his money away.
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have a good head on one's shoulders

Fig. to have common sense; to be sensible and intelligent. Mary doesn't do well in school, but she's got a good head on her shoulders. John has a good head on his shoulders and can be depended on to give good advice.
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good head on one's shoulders, have a

Be intelligent or shrewd; have good sense or good judgment. For example, We can depend on George to figure it out-he has a good head on his shoulders. This term originated in the 1500s as have an old head on young shoulders, alluding to the wisdom of age and physical youth. It took its present form in the 1800s.
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have a good ˈhead on your shoulders

be a sensible person: Don’t worry about the children — Laura’s with them and she’s got a good head on her shoulders.
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