generation gap

noun
a lack of communication between one generation and another, especially between young people and their parents, brought about by differences of tastes, values, outlook, etc.

Origin:
1965–70

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generation gap
 
n
the years separating one generation from the generation that precedes or follows it, esp when regarded as representing the difference in outlook and the lack of understanding between them

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Cultural Dictionary

generation gap definition


The differences in customs, attitudes, and beliefs between any two generations, but especially between youths and adults.

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generation gap

A broad difference in values and attitudes between one generation and another, especially between parents and their children. For example, There's a real generation gap in their choice of music, restaurants, clothingyou name it. [1960s"

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Example sentences
There is little doubt that this generation gap influences not only study
  design, but the interpretation of data.
The generation gap has been amusing but not insurmountable.
We need a good old fashioned generation gap, wherein the teens do their own
  thing and create their own music idols.
It was time to close this canning generation gap and start jamming.
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