grandfather clause
noun Date: 1900 a clause creating an exemption based on circumstances previously existing; especially a provision in several southern state constitutions designed to enfranchise poor whites and disenfranchise blacks by waiving high voting requirements for descendants of men voting before 1867

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  • grandfather clause — a written statement that protects an employee, a right, a privilege, etc.    They can t demote him or delete his position because he has a grandfather clause …   English idioms

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