clogs to clogs in three generations
- (Britain) Wealth earned in one generation seldom lasts through the third (grandchild’s) generation.
- shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations
- (Chinese) wealth does not survive three generations
- (Japanese) the third generation ruins the house
- (Italian) from stables to stars to stables
wealth earned in one generation seldom lasts
- ^ The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs