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grandfather clause

A clause that exempts certain people or businesses from new limitations or restrictions, thus allowing them to continue doing or benefiting from something as they did before. Originally referred to a clause added to the constitutions of some Southern US states that exempted people with relatives that had voted before 1867 from strict new voting requirements, in effect disproportionately limiting the ability of African Americans to vote. No, I still get to pay the reduced rate, thanks to a grandfather clause in my contract.
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grandfather in

To exempt certain people or businesses from new limitations or restrictions, thus allowing them to continue doing or benefiting from something as they did before. This can be done through the use of a "grandfather clause." A noun or pronoun can be used between "grandfather" and "in." If they change the pension plan, they better grandfather us in!
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(a) grandfather clause

a clause in an agreement that protects certain rights granted in the past even when conditions change in the future. The contract contained a grandfather clause that protected my pension payments against claims such as might arise from a future lawsuit.
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grandfather someone or something in

to protect someone or a right through the use of a grandfather clause. My payments were grandfathered in years ago.
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His grandfather only became aware something was wrong when he was asked about the credit card in his name.
My grandfather and his brother went on to graduate from Louisiana State University's medical school.
In my memories, my grandfather is sitting in his house in a massage chair my parents got him for his birthday.
The information here is all I know about my maternal grandfather, because my grandmother never spoke too much about him.
The grandfather Arnold Wilson of Bagillt, who died in September last year at the age of 90, had given his grandson consent to look after his financial affairs.
Chris Hulme's maternal | |grandfather, A Laurie, top and, below, the last resting place of his other grandfather, Albert Hulme Chris Hulme's maternal |
Indeed, what the grandparent and grandfather literatures lack in theory development, the fatherhood literature is relatively strong.
Major Ishaq Ahmed Mohammed, Director of Women and Children Protection Section at the Human Rights Department, received the grandfather when he approached the police.
Scott Atkinson used "serious drunken violence" against his elderly grandfather John Ord having also S Court heard Atkinson, 25, assaulted his grandfather on February 6, having earlier attacked a police officer on January 23.
Josh's great-grandfather, Angelo Chelmis, travelled to India with the Shropshire Light Infantry in the 1920s, while his grandfather, George Chelmis, completed national service with the Royal Welch Fusiliers between 1951 and 1953.
My grandfather came from a family of descendants of Jews whose ancestors had been forced to convert to Catholicism in the 15th century.
The hearing heard Fahy, from Carrownamana, Ardrahan, Co Galway, told his brother Martin and friends he had murdered his grandfather.
My grandfather was born in 1906 in St Anne's Terrace, Portrack, Stockton.
One perplexing aspect was the grandfather provision, which stated that health care plans in effect when the law was passed were exempt from meeting some of the requirements of new plans.
Finally" officials say, "commenters expressed concern that the provision terminating grandfather status upon any change in issuer gives issuers undue and unfair leverage in negotiating the price of coverage renewals with the sponsors of grandfathered health plans, and that this interferes with the health care cost containment that tends to result from price competition.