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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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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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Eighty-one percent of all of the grandfathers in this study said they felt powerless in their ability to contribute to educating and assisting with homework.
Nineteen percent of the grandfathers in this study did not experience powerlessness.
Social service providers can assist grandfathers in their transition into the parenting role and to not feel inadequate as parents.
These grandfathers in rural areas feel less than optimist about a change in their abilities and actions in parenting over time.