clogs to clogs in three generations

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!
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clogs to clogs in three generations

the return of a family to poverty after one generation of prosperity.
See also: clog, generation, three, to
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"In the UK, they say 'clogs to clogs in three generations'.
Johnathan Dudley, Midlands managing partner, said: "We all know the expression 'clogs to clogs in three generations,' and it remains substantially true today.