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clogs to clogs in three generations

The idea that a family can escape poverty for a time but then become impoverished again, all in the span of three generations. Primarily heard in UK. With the way you're spending our family's money, we'll be clogs to clogs in three generations!
See also: clog, generation, three

clever clogs

A light-hearted or humorous way to refer to an intelligent or clever person. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. He's such a clever clogs. There is no question he can't answer.
See also: clever, clog

clog up

1. To obstruct. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clog" and "up." This cold is clogging up my nose and I can hardly breathe.
2. To make constipated. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clog" and "up." That type of food always clogs me up—I was constipated for days the last time I ate it.
See also: clog, up

clog (something) with (something)

To obstruct something with something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clog" and "up." This cold has clogged my nose with so much mucus that I can hardly breathe. One of the kids clogged the pipes with action figures.
See also: clog

pop (one's) clogs

To die. Primarily heard in UK. A friend of mine is convinced he's going to pop his clogs whenever he feels the slightest bit unwell.
See also: clog, pop

clog someone up

[for some kind of food] to constipate someone. This cheese clogs me up. I can't eat it. This food clogs up people who eat it.
See also: clog, up

clog something up

[for something] to obstruct a channel or conduit. The leaves clogged the gutters up. They clogged up the gutter.
See also: clog, up

clog something with something

to block or obstruct a channel or conduit with something. The neighbors clogged the creek with their brush and leaves. Please don't clog the drain with garbage.
See also: clog

clog up

[for a channel or conduit] to become blocked. The canal clogged up with leaves and mud.
See also: clog, up

pop your clogs

If someone pops their clogs, they die. He popped his clogs halfway through the performance. Note: This expression is used to refer to someone's death in a light-hearted or humorous way. Note: This expression may refer to an old sense of `pop', meaning to pawn something (= borrow some money in return for a valuable object that you leave with the lender. The lender can sell the object if you do not pay the money back). Clogs used to be the normal footwear of people such as mill workers, especially in the north of England.
See also: clog, pop

clogs to clogs in three generations

the return of a family to poverty after one generation of prosperity.
See also: clog, generation, three

pop your clogs

die. British informal
The expression, which is first recorded in 1970 , probably comes from the idea of ‘popping’ (i.e. pawning) a person's clogs after they have died (and therefore have no further use for them). It may well also have been influenced, though, by the colloquial pop off meaning ‘die’, which dates back to the mid 18th century.
1998 Oldie We cannot claim any credit for foreseeing that Enoch was about to pop his clogs.
See also: clog, pop

pop your ˈclogs

(British English, humorous) die: I haven’t seen you for so long I thought you’d popped your clogs!
See also: clog, pop

clog up

1. To obstruct some passageway: The fallen leaves clogged up the drainpipe. The sediment clogged the pipe up.
2. To cause something to become obstructed: I clogged up the sink with some leftover food. This nagging cold has clogged my sinuses up.
3. To become obstructed: Call the plumber; the toilet clogged up again.
See also: clog, up
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Construction waste is not applied for the drainage layer, because a high content of calcium carbonate in the filtrate of waste increases the possibility of clogging processes.
What to do: This kind of study can't prove that whole grains slow down artery clogging, but it's one more reason to switch to whole-grain breads.
Marks & Spencer Autograph full volume mascara - pounds 10: This tendedto go on rather thickly on first application and caused some clogging to lashes.
The folk dances of Irish, Scottish, English and Dutch-German settlers in the 1700s merged into an impromptu foot-tapping style, which was the beginning of clog dancing as it is known today, according to the Double Toe Times Clogging Magazine.
It also revealed that some of the clogging residue had diffused through the brick's boron nitride (BN) coating.
Nichole first saw the dance at a one-room clogging school near her home in Clinton, South Carolina.
If the tubing does clog, a flow regulator isn't affected by pressure buildup due to clogging, as a pressure regulator can be.
If an inkjet printer is not used on a regular basis, ink dries in the printer heads and clogging may result.
Since this new refractory design reduces clogging, resists wear and is not attacked by chemically-based oxides, the result was 13 months of uninterrupted service with limited wear to the lining and immediate dollar savings.
But emitters are known for clogging and breaking, which means they require constant maintenance.
Clogging was started hundreds of years ago by workers at a factory in England.
37 percent of respondents say no one takes responsibility for clogging the toilet in their home, while 33 percent say they do.
Some consumers like the fact that Fresh Dab can be used without clogging plumbing or damaging septic systems.
Which treatment they choose depends on the severity of the artery clogging, often detected with angiograms, which are x-ray images of blood vessels.
As the slag precursor diffuses into the refractory pore structure (leaving the stable oxides behind in the form of clogging material), the metal follows the same path, creating a network that is actually a casting of the interconnected pore space available.