clogs to clogs in three generations
From the common use of clogs by manual workers in north England and following the style of similar phrases which have been attested since 1700. The particular phrasing is perhaps of Lancashire origin. Compare shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.
- (UK) Wealth earned in one generation seldom lasts through the third (grandchild’s) generation.
- shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations
- (Chinese origin) wealth does not survive three generations
- (Chinese origin) sandals to sandals in three generations
- (Japanese origin) the third generation ruins the house
- (Italian origin) from stables to stars to stables
- (Australian origin) from goon to Grange to goon
- John Simpson; Jennifer Speake, editors (2008), “From CLOGS to clogs is only three generations”, in The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, fifth paperback edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press