lost generation, noun phrase

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EnglishShow more Special sense of the general English expression, which refers particularly to the generation of the 1914–18 period, and more generally to any generation thought to have ‘lost’ its values, etc.
The lost generation: A name given to the generation of black people who left school at the time of the Soweto uprising of 1976, and either went into exile or became involved in the country-wide turbulence of the 1980s.
1990 Sunday Times 30 Sept. 23The ‘lost generations’ — those blacks who dropped out of school and society after 1976, many of whom are unemployed (and often unemployable) and who are largely beyond the reach of the main political organisations.
1993 M. Mzonqwana in Democracy in Action 31 Aug. 32Skollies or tsotsis take advantage of any situation...Such people eagerly embrace the terms ‘lost generation’ and ‘marginalized youth’. They think they are justifications for criminal acts.
A name given to the generation of black people who left school at the time of the Soweto uprising of 1976, and either went into exile or became involved in the country-wide turbulence of the 1980s.

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