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Is there a single word or phrase that means a parent whose grown-up children are not living with them?

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closed as not a real question by Shog9 Nov 16 '11 at 23:51

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There's SKIers - Spending Kids' Inheritance. –  Barrie England Nov 12 '11 at 14:45
    
@BarrieEngland Is it a slang? I couldn't find it in dictionaries. Would you please expand a bit on S.K.I.? I'm very interested in that expression. –  Terry Li Nov 12 '11 at 15:48
    
I'm not surprised you couldn't find it. I've only heard it occsionally and I don't suppose it will last. These acronyms come and go. At the moment we hear quite a lot about young people who are NEETs - Not In Employment, Education or Training. I think your Empty Nester meets the case better, so +1 for that. –  Barrie England Nov 12 '11 at 16:32
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Voted to re-open. This is a single word or phrase request ("what's a word/phrase for X?"), not asking the definition of a word ("what does X mean?"). The first answer below may link to a dictionary but, without knowing the term, I would not have been able to find it. –  Hugo Nov 14 '11 at 6:25
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@Hugo: bet you could have... –  Shog9 Nov 15 '11 at 20:30

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Empty nester might be of your interest, although it's not that formal.

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@drɱ65δ We might as well coin some words that would imitate the analogy here :) –  Terry Li Nov 12 '11 at 15:02

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