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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

generation gap

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.
See also: gap, generation

Generation X

 and 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

generation gap

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"
See also: gap, generation

clogs to clogs in three generations

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

now generation

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.
See also: generation, now
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We are a blended church - ethnically, generationally and economically.
Generationally speaking, Atkinson fell midway between the Pythons and the ``alternative'' crowd,belonging to neither.
This is key, because the project must be sustained by a committed group of individuals who own the problem and are going to see it through generationally after the initial resources are gone.
It protects existing retirees, women, and the poor, has very low administrative costs, requires full portfolio diversification of account balances, forces contributors to invest for the long term, transforms accumulated account balances into inflation-protected pensions at retirement, and fully pays off the liabilities of the old system in a generationally equitable manner.
Such a generationally unbalanced fiscal policy is also unsustainable: It indicates that taxes will have to be increased in the future to finance scheduled government purchases, or those purchases will have to be retrenched.
During the decade of the 1980s, we witnessed the evolution of the modern law firm, which is a phenomenon distinctly and generationally different from the law firms that my father and Chesterfield Smith knew when they began practicing law in the 1940s.
So while college-aged students change generationally, some development is constant and predictable.
On any given night, this club draws a generationally and racially diverse mix, and its small space is usually quite crowded.
The adopting adults have blindly considered the children as generationally frozen: perpetually cute, biddable babies.
While some buildings are completely turned into dormitories for one school, others are mixed with students from several colleges, and yet others are generationally mixed with long-time residents, who have so far been enlivened and not intimidated by their younger building mates.
Traditional Native American peoples thought generationally, seeing themselves, as individuals and communities, as part of a long and continuing chain of tradition and experience.
Generationally, Millennials (16%) are at least twice as likely as any other generation to rate Congress positively (vs.