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bloom of youth
The most enjoyable and/or successful time of one's youth, likened to the bloom of a flower being its most prominent and beautiful moment. I have a great fondness for that age, when I was in the bloom of youth.
fountain of youth
Anything reputed or promising to restore one's youth, vitality, or health, or at least the appearance thereof. At the age of 60, your grandmother looks fantastic! She must have discovered the fountain of youth. The way they advertise these skincare products makes you think each one is the fountain of youth or something.
growing youth has a wolf in his belly
Young people who are growing seem to be hungry all the time. My teenage son has eaten every last bit of food in the house. I guess it's true that a growing youth has a wolf in his belly.
the first flush of (something)
The beginning or early stages of something. Of course they're happy now—they're still in the first flush of marriage!
A growing youth has a wolf in his belly.
Prov. Young people who are growing fast are hungry all the time. If you doubt that a growing youth has a wolf in his belly, you should see how much my fourteen-year-old cousin eats.
Youth must be served.
Prov. Young people should be allowed to have fun. Don't lecture the young folks because they were out dancing all night. Youth must be served. I don't know where my daughter gets the energy for school, sports, and a full social life. Youth must be served, I suppose.
(in) the first flush of ˈyouth, enˈthusiasm, etc.when somebody is young or something is new: By then, he was no longer in the first flush of youth. ♢ In the first flush of enthusiasm, we were able to get everyone interested in helping.
flower of youth, the
The best or finest time of life, at the peak of good looks, good health, and vigor. “He hath the flower of youth, wherein is the fulness of strength,” wrote Homer in the Iliad (ca. 850 b.c.). Shakespeare used similar language, but not the precise wording of the cliché. But John Dryden did, in Alexander’s Feast (1697), describing the lovely Thais “in flow’r of youth and beauty’s pride.”