Baby Boomer

Also:

Baby boom
Baby boom generation

Meaning

Baby boomer: Someone born after World War II between approximately 1945 to 1965, a period during which there was a large increase or “boom” in the United States birth rate. The period is sometimes called the baby boom and those who were born during it are part of the baby boom generation. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.

Usage

The term baby boomers is sometimes shortened to just boomers.

Examples:

“The baby boomers, due to their desire to effect social change, are sometimes called the “me generation.”

“After the baby boom, there was a decline in birth rates, sometimes called the baby bust.

“When the boomers began to have children, another smaller increase in the population occurred which is often called a baby boomlet.

“The baby boom generation had a lot to say about war and civil rights.”

Origin

Although this idiom refers to an earlier period, it does not seem to have been in widespread use, with its present meaning, until around 1970.  2 Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples. N.p.: Amz Digital Services, 2012.

The word boom is often used to refer to periods of rapid growth or great prosperity, especially economic.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.
2.  Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples. N.p.: Amz Digital Services, 2012.