(redirected from grandfathers)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

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.
See also: grandfather

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!
See also: grandfather

(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.
See also: grandfather

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.
See also: grandfather
References in periodicals archive ?
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
Chris Hulme's maternal | |grandfather, A Laurie, top and, below, the last resting place of his other grandfather, Albert Hulme Chris Hulme's maternal |
We strenuously avoid comparing grandmothers and grandfathers because doing so typically puts one in a better light than the other.
Indeed, the development of meaningful relationships is beneficial to grandchildren (Silverstein & Ruiz, 2006) and to grandfathers (Bates & Taylor, 2012a; Taylor & Bates, in press).
Drawing from Whitmans journal Leffler recounts the 1903 journey writing as if her grandfather were relaying his adventures.
In a touch of whimsy Leffler decides that shes actually making her journey a year before her grandfather did because she is riding in a 1902 auto built a year before he made his journey.
In this study, uncovering secondary discourses refers to encouraging both grandfathers and grandsons to share the hidden stories and unspoken issues of their relationship.
Third, there is a different degree of grandparental involvement between grandmothers and grandfathers.
Grandfathers on the other hand have received less attention.
It is especially important to focus on grandfathers as a resource in grandparent-maintained families in rural areas due to the fact that rural elders generally have access to fewer community-based health and social services (Stoller, & Lee, 1994).
For example, Roberto, Allen and Blieszner (2001) found that grandfathers became more actively involved with their grandchildren during periods of family crisis.
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 lived and breathed Birtley, he loved the people and the history of Birtley.