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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 (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

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

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

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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For each design, we picked up a low discharge model (1) and the other of intermediate discharge (2) to analyze the effect of flow rate on clogging sensitivity.
The assumptions made in the previously mentioned studies are based on the principle that emitter clogging can be partial or total.
Clogging can be a possible result of landslides, washings and other negative processes affecting the natural environment.
Angiograms showed slower artery clogging over three years in women who consumed more than six servings of whole grains per week or in women who got at least three grams of fiber from whole grains for every 1,000 calories they consumed each day.
Thickening Mascarapounds 2.99: This is quite a thin mascara but didn't overburden lashes and gave a good effect without clogging. It was prone to smudging although the colour was good and the overall effect was longer, lovelier lashes9/10
The dynamic airflow of the larger orifice creates better suction at the tip, reduces the potential for clogging, and makes the instrument easier to clean.
In order to determine the reasons for the pump clogging, the foundry set up an experiment to test the variables and establish a new shop-floor procedure to ensure smooth and efficient production.
The studies may offer new hope to patients suffering from leg ischemia, a clogging of the arteries that can lead to pain, inability to walk, and, in some cases, amputation of the leg.
Clogging is a traditional American dance that first became popular in the Appalachian Mountains.
Take a lively bluegrass tune, mix in some foot stomping and a lttle hand clapping, and you have an energetic form of dance known as clogging.
Regular maintenance of a porous tubing (ooze tubing) irrigation system is essential to prevent clogging and to keep water flowing through it evenly.
The design of Flygt N-hydraulics allows pass through of stringy solids without clogging, and has been used successfully in Flygt dry installed and submersible pumps since 1997.
When the air vent is closed--knob in the pulled-out position--air re-circulates in the cab, reducing clogging.
If your drains have chronic clogging problems and you're fed up with harmful chemicals and expensive drain cleaning services, Ridgid's Auto-Spin drain cleaner could become your new best friend.
Due to channel closings, inductor clogging and poor upper case lining life, the foundry experienced unplanned down time and decreased ability to meet production demands.