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“Three generations from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves” is an American version, cited in print since at least 1874.
Wiktionary: clogs to clogs in three generations
Circa 1700, perhaps of Lancashire origin, due to clogs being stereotypical clothes of peasants. Compare shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.
clogs to clogs in three generations
1.(UK) Wealth earned in one generation seldom lasts through the third (grandchild’s) generation.
shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations
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