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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!
The difference of opinions and attitudes, especially in relation to social changes and politics, that develop as each generation changes from the one before it. Attitudes toward gay marriage reflects a clear generation gap on the issue today.
A generation of (typically) young people described as wanting everything to be given to them as quickly as possible in return for as little effort or sacrifice as possible. Kids in the now generation just don't know the value of an honest day's work. I've heard a lot of older people calling kids my age the "now generation," but weren't they called that or something equally condescending when they were our age?
Generation Xand Generation X'er
people reaching puberty during the 1970s and 1980s. Three or four generation X'ers were in the antique store looking eagerly at some of those horrible old dinette chairs from the 1950s.
See also: generation
A broad difference in values and attitudes between one generation and another, especially between parents and their children. For example, There's a real generation gap in their choice of music, restaurants, clothing-you name it . [1960s"
clogs to clogs in three generationsthe return of a family to poverty after one generation of prosperity.
n. the (once current) generation of young people who seemed to want only instant gratification. All those people in the now generation want to start out with fancy cars and nice houses.