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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. Yuck! There's a wad of hair clogging the drain up!
2. To become obstructed or filled up such that nothing can get through. Honey, where's the plunger? The toilet clogged up again. If the gutter clogs up, you're going to have a bunch of dirty water start spilling down onto your driveway.
3. 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

proverb 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, to

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

snake a/the drain

To clear a clogged drain using a long, flexible auger (commonly called a "drain snake" or "plumber's snake"). It made me sick paying so much for a plumber to come clear the blockage. I'm just going to buy an auger so I can snake the drain myself next time! You can only snake a drain yourself if the clog is relatively minor. Otherwise, you're better off calling a professional to do it.
See also: drain, snake
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

clogs to clogs in three generations

the return of a family to poverty after one generation of prosperity.
See also: clog, generation, three, to

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
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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
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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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The problem lies in the fact the conventional de-clogging methods don't involve actually visibly seeing the root cause of a clog, so even in cases wherein a clog is 'solved', the solution is temporary, and the clog will simply, almost inevitably recur, only worse the second time around, and progressively worse every succeeding time.
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With a passion for Welsh music, popular and folk, Gwilym had no previous experience in clog making before he began his apprenticeship.
And although most of us would put on a pair of light and flexible trainers to work out, wearing the bulkier option of clogs isn't a problem when it comes to following the fitness routine.
An analysis of septic clogs show that wipes, that have been engineered to disintegrate upon flushing and are labeled as such, comprised just 8% of clogs.
He bought the mill and gradually moved his machinery over from Huddersfield to Hebden Bridge, setting up the Walkley's Clogs business in Calderdale in 1978.
Leachate collection system design and clog development, in 6th Environmental Engineering Specialty Conference of the CSCE (7-10 Juny 2000).
Trefor said: "For traditional clog dancing to survive we need to meet the increasing demand for new and restored clogs.
"The managers of our nurseries have been central to our achievements at all three sites so it was lovely to be able to take them to London for the award ceremony, celebrate our commendation and thank them for all of their hard work - we even managed to fit in a little bit of sightseeing while we were there!" Clever Clogs currently employs 71 staff across all three nurseries with the potential to double the numbers when the two new nurseries reach capacity.
The equipment was left hanging on the walls, half-made clogs stood on the shelves, and paperwork from the period was still stored in the desk.
3: Feeling generous: From Next, these sling-back clogs look comfy yet stylish for pounds 38.
They are currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment and have been acquired in order to cater for the ever growing waiting list at Belmont Clever Clogs Nursery, which is now at capacity.
"There was huge demand for clogs in the fifties, from all the Syrian cities, even form the neighboring countries like Jordan, Egypt and Turkey.
One thing I have brought back from LA is a love of clogs. Our LA sisters have fully embraced the clog trend.
CLOGS have staged a serious fashion comeback with Alexa Chung a step ahead in her Chanel clogs, and even die-hard stiletto wearer Sarah Jessica Parker spotted wearing a pair.