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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!
The difference of opinions and attitudes, especially in relation to social changes and politics, that develop as each generation changes from the one before it. Attitudes toward gay marriage reflects a clear generation gap on the issue today.
A nickname for the generation of people born roughly between 1965 and 1980, between baby boomers and millennials. The name comes from the title of Douglas Coupland's 1991 novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. I know it's hard for you to fathom, but all of us in Generation X had to grow up without the Internet.
See also: generation
A nickname for a member of Generation X, the generation of people born roughly between 1965 and 1980, between baby boomers and millennials. The name comes from the title of Douglas Coupland's 1991 novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. Commonly abbreviated as "Gen Xer." I know it's hard for you to believe, but Generations Xers like me had to grow up without the Internet.
A generation of (typically) young people described as wanting everything to be given to them as quickly as possible in return for as little effort or sacrifice as possible. Kids in the now generation just don't know the value of an honest day's work. I've heard a lot of older people calling kids my age the "now generation," but weren't they called that or something equally condescending when they were our age?
cliché Adults who are responsible for the wellbeing of both their children and their own parents. (I.e., they are "sandwiched" between the older and younger generations.) After my mother's fall, I knew that I was now in the sandwich generation. She would have to be set up in one of the kids' bedrooms, and they would have to share a room with one another.
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Generation Xand Generation X'er
people reaching puberty during the 1970s and 1980s. Three or four generation X'ers were in the antique store looking eagerly at some of those horrible old dinette chairs from the 1950s.
See also: generation
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A broad difference in values and attitudes between one generation and another, especially between parents and their children. For example, There's a real generation gap in their choice of music, restaurants, clothing-you name it . [1960s"
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clogs to clogs in three generationsthe return of a family to poverty after one generation of prosperity.
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n. the (once current) generation of young people who seemed to want only instant gratification. All those people in the now generation want to start out with fancy cars and nice houses.
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Middle-aged adults who must help both their children and their aging parents. The term dates from the second half of the 1900s. For example, “I’m in that sandwich generation, raising my three children and taking care of my sick mother.” It is rapidly becoming a cliché.
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