what does grandfather mean in this sentence?

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XINLAI-UE

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D.B.Cooper: First off, she's not an it. She's Marilyn and she's grandfathered back from the days when prisoners were allowed a creature comfort or two.
What does grandfather mean in this sentence? this one from Prison Beak 1, and the more scripts below:
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']M - You're Charles Westmoreland, right?[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']C - Do I know you?[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']M - I knew your wife before she passed.[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']C - - You knew Marla?[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']M - You mean Anne?[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']C - How'd you know her?[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']M - We talked together in Boston.[/FONT]
[FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']C -East Farmington[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']M - - You mean West Wilmington?[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']C - No more tests.[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']- I promise.[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']- Seems you know everything about me.[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']- - Who are you?[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']M - Michael Scofield.[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']- How'd you get it in here?[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']C - First off, she's not an it.[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']- She's Marilyn and she's grandfathered[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']back from the days when prisoners were allowed a creature comfort or two.[/FONT]
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']Thanks a million.:lol::lol:[/FONT]
 

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Here is a good example of "grandfathering:" You own a store in a small town. The store has a very big sign in front of it. As the town grows, the town government passes laws that are designed to keep the town beautiful. One of those laws says that you can't have a big sign in front of your business. Because your sign was in place before the law was passed, it is said to be "grandfathered" and is still allowed. Only new signs must conform to the new law.
 

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D.B.Cooper: First off, she's not an it. She's Marilyn and she's grandfathered back from the days when prisoners were allowed a creature comfort or two.

Hi Xinlai.

It means something that is still allowed after the passage of a law/regulation because that right existed before the law/regulation was passed.
 

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Thanks to all of you. I've already understood.thanks.
But, I got another question, "grandfather" in this sentence is used as a verb, but before asking this question, I can't find its verb meaning in the dictionary, is it a slang or someting?
thanks.
 

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Hi Xinlai.

It means something that is still allowed after the passage of a law/regulation because that right existed before the law/regulation was passed.

Thanks to all of you. I've already understood.thanks.
But, I got another question, "grandfather" in this sentence is used as a verb, but before asking this question, I can't find its verb meaning in the dictionary, is it a slang or someting?
thanks.:lol::lol::lol:
 

riverkid

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Thanks to all of you. I've already understood.thanks.
But, I got another question, "grandfather" in this sentence is used as a verb, but before asking this question, I can't find its verb meaning in the dictionary, is it a slang or someting?
thanks.:lol::lol::lol:

Sorry Mike, you got in there before me and your post did a better job.

Actually, you can find it at M-W and AHD, Xinlai.

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Main Entry:
2grandfather
Function:
transitive verb
Date:
1953

: to permit to continue under a grandfather clause

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Main Entry:
grandfather clause
Function:
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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AHD

TRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: grand·fa·thered, grand·fa·ther·ing, grand·fa·thers
To exempt (one involved in an activity or business) from new regulations: The new ordinance restricts the size of billboards, but it grandfathers those erected before 1997.
ETYMOLOGY: V., from grandfather clause.

grandfather clause

NOUN: 1. A provision in a statute that exempts those already involved in a regulated activity or business from the new regulations established by the statute. 2. A clause in the constitutions of several southern states before the year 1915, intended to disfranchise African Americans by exempting from stringent voting requirements all lineal descendants of persons who were registered voters before 1867.
 

XINLAI-UE

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Sorry Mike, you got in there before me and your post did a better job.

Actually, you can find it at M-W and AHD, Xinlai.

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Main Entry:
2grandfather
Function:
transitive verb
Date:
1953

: to permit to continue under a grandfather clause

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Main Entry:
grandfather clause
Function:
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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AHD

TRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: grand·fa·thered, grand·fa·ther·ing, grand·fa·thers
To exempt (one involved in an activity or business) from new regulations: The new ordinance restricts the size of billboards, but it grandfathers those erected before 1997.
ETYMOLOGY: V., from grandfather clause.

grandfather clause

NOUN: 1. A provision in a statute that exempts those already involved in a regulated activity or business from the new regulations established by the statute. 2. A clause in the constitutions of several southern states before the year 1915, intended to disfranchise African Americans by exempting from stringent voting requirements all lineal descendants of persons who were registered voters before 1867.
Thanks a million, riverkid. I've dealt with this problem.
Actually, I had found this meaning(to permit to continue under a grandfather clause) at M-W before you told me, but I didn't understand the meaning of grandfather clause at that moment, so... anyway, I 've found both of these meaning at M-W right now, and understood it and thank you very much.
Have a good day!!!:lol::lol::lol:
 
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