Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of locust years in English:
Years of hardship or poverty.
- I would phrase it roughly as follows: The labour movement has recuperated somewhat from the locust years of the 1980s.
- Born in the lean years of defeats for the working class, it thrived only after the locust years of 1914-18.
- Given the locust years of comprehensive education, this at first looked impossible.
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