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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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In this context, this study aimed to experimentally evaluate the flow rate dynamics of pressure-compensating emitters under the effect of clogging by solid particles.
The researches performed by foreign scientists show that calcium carbonate, silica and iron compounds dominate in the clogging process (El-Fadel et al.
Ellery said her group does American clogging, not Celtic clogging.
The surface of the clogging residue was examined with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with an energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and a light optical microscope (LOM).
I wouldn't want to stop clogging," says the girl who has been dancing almost half of her life.
Clogging uses all the muscles of the body, resulting in increased muscular strength and endurance," says Walt Spellmeyer, instructor and founder of Mountain Valley Cloggers and The Original Clogging Company exhibition team in Simi Valley, California.
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.
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.
However, the stents don't always avoid the problem of repeat clogging, or restenosis, caused by the buildup of scar tissue from injury during angioplasty.
Over the years, he promoted clog dancing competitions in California (he founded the Pacific Coast Clog Dance Championship) and at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, and was president of the Southern California Clogging Association.
If the channel furnace is melting ductile iron pouring at 2850F, the channel, even without clogging, can be expected to run at 2950F or higher, presenting the problem of erosion when silica is introduced.