have a good head on (one's) shoulders(redirected from we have had good heads on our shoulders)
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 shouldersbe 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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good head on one's shoulders, to have a
To be intelligent or shrewd. This term began life in the sixteenth century as having an old head on young shoulders, meaning a young person who has an old person’s wisdom. Sometime in the course of time “old” was clarified into “good,” although in the nineteenth century it was also put as simply having a head on one’s shoulders.
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