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

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    There's SKIers - Spending Kids' Inheritance. Nov 12, 2011 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, 2011 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. Nov 12, 2011 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, 2011 at 6:25
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    @Hugo: bet you could have...
    – Shog9
    Nov 15, 2011 at 20:30

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

  • @drɱ65δ We might as well coin some words that would imitate the analogy here :)
    – Terry Li
    Nov 12, 2011 at 15:02

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