Definition of locust years in English:

locust years

plural noun

  • Years of hardship or poverty.

    • ‘Given the locust years of comprehensive education, this at first looked impossible.’
    • ‘Born in the lean years of defeats for the working class, it thrived only after the locust years of 1914-18.’
    • ‘I would phrase it roughly as follows: The labour movement has recuperated somewhat from the locust years of the 1980s.’