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grandfather clause

A clause that exempts certain people or businesses from new limitations or restrictions, thus allowing them to continue doing or benefiting from something as they did before. Originally referred to a clause added to the constitutions of some Southern US states that exempted people with relatives that had voted before 1867 from strict new voting requirements, in effect disproportionately limiting the ability of African Americans to vote. No, I still get to pay the reduced rate, thanks to a grandfather clause in my contract.
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grandfather in

To exempt certain people or businesses from new limitations or restrictions, thus allowing them to continue doing or benefiting from something as they did before. This can be done through the use of a "grandfather clause." A noun or pronoun can be used between "grandfather" and "in." If they change the pension plan, they better grandfather us in!
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(a) grandfather clause

a clause in an agreement that protects certain rights granted in the past even when conditions change in the future. The contract contained a grandfather clause that protected my pension payments against claims such as might arise from a future lawsuit.
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grandfather someone or something in

to protect someone or a right through the use of a grandfather clause. My payments were grandfathered in years ago.
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Key words: grandparents, rural men, grandfathers, parenting, caregivers
Grandfathers on the other hand have received less attention.
Waldrop, Weber, Herald, Pruett, Cooper, and Juozapavicius (1999) reported that grandfathers had a desire for ongoing involvement with their grandchildren and possessed a strong emotional commitment.
(1999) studied grandfathers and suggested that they were influenced by their own fathers in how they learned about being a grandfather, or how not to be a grandfather in some cases, thereby showing some evidence of intergenerational transmission of grandfathering practices.
I was in my 20s when my grandfather Hicks in Oklahoma died.
My grandfather Anderson was the second son of Swedish immigrants, so he was raised in the Swedish way.
My other grandfather, A Laurie, was also in the Royal Engineers and also trained at Parkgate Camp and although I grew up knowing him and have this picture of his section, I have no further details, only that he lived in Wavertree.
The N.C.Os of the Dover section of the Inland Water Transport of the Royal Engineers, | |Chris's grandfather Albert Hulme is second from the right, back row
But, in many cases, insurers have changed the plans too much for the plans to qualify for grandfather status, Carney said.
Although consumers can keep individual policies with grandfather status, the government has no ability to force insurers to continue to offer those plans, and, in some cases, insurers prefer to cover customers with new policies that do meet the PPACA coverage standards, Carney said.
Second, Strom and Strom (1997) proposed and then tested their theory of grandparent development with a large and ethnically diverse (African American, Caucasian, Hispanic) sample of grandmothers (n = 776) and grandfathers (n = 341) in the American Southwest.
In 1903 long before the paved network of broad interstate highways linked the Atlantic to the Pacific Holley Gene Lefflers grandfather Eugene I.
Health care practice does not place much emphasis on involving grandfathers in the process of treatment of their grandsons who might suffer from emotional or behavioral problems, yet approximately 2.4 million grandparents are raising their grandchildren in the United States (Watkins, 2006).
Josh's great-grandfather, Angelo Chelmis, travelled to India with the Shropshire Light Infantry in the 1920s, while his grandfather, George Chelmis, completed national service with the Royal Welch Fusiliers between 1951 and 1953.
My grandfather worked hard all his life, as did my grandmother.