clogs to clogs in three generations

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Etymology[edit]

Circa 1700, perhaps of Lancashire origin,[1] due to clogs being stereotypical clothes of peasants. Compare shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.

Proverb[edit]

clogs to clogs in three generations

  1. (UK) Wealth earned in one generation seldom lasts through the third (grandchild’s) generation.

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  1. ^ The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs