skip a generation

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skip a generation (third-person singular simple present skips a generation, present participle skipping a generation, simple past and past participle skipped a generation)

  1. A trait or behavior occurring in a person and the person’s grandchildren (or grandchild), but not in the intervening generation (original person’s children).

Usage notes[edit]

Primarily used of talents (e.g., artistic, scientific) or of diseases – e.g., someone who is an actor, like their grandmother, but whose parents are engineers.