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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.
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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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Beyond the emotional strain, clogs are not only costly expenditures but can also cause severe damage to the home.
The SCOTT Clog Clinic, a leading authority on common-sense solutions for eliminating clogged toilets, is back to provide support.
I don't know of anyone under 50 making clogs in England, Wales or Scotland, and nobody is teaching young people how to do it.
Clog dancer Rebecca Adamson of >Wall in Northumberland
The girls were fascinated by how many of the moves in street dancing and clog dancing are actually very similar, even though they are seemingly very different styles.
Trefor said: "For traditional clog dancing to survive we need to meet the increasing demand for new and restored clogs.
The museum's clog maker is left-handed, which means he couldn't use some of Thomas James' equipment.
I started wood carving as a hobby and trained as a clog maker at the museum under the previous clog maker Hywel Davis," said Geraint, 40, who lives in the Rhondda with his wife and three children.
Clog industry in Damascus, which spread in the 1950s, is threatened with extinction nowadays.
Love them or loathe them, clog are 'the' trend-led shoe of the summer.
In late 1961, although heavily pregnant, she taught clog dancing to three members of the cast of a revival of John Arden's Serjeant Musgrave's Dance.
Pigment suspended in the ink carrier (solvent) eventually settles into the crevices of printhead valves, ultimately obstructing the orifice(s) and leading to printhead clogs and eventual failure.
Dedicated lines cost more initially and reduce throughput somewhat, but they avoid line clogs and ensure more reliable operation.
The move to stents has paid dividends, but within a few months after they are implanted, about 20 percent of bare-metal stents clog.