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keep up with the joneses

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keep up with the Joneses

verb phrase

To strive, esp beyond one's means, to keep up socially and financially with others in the same neighborhood or in the same social circle: Never keep up with the Joneses; drag them down to your level, it's cheaper

[1913+; fr the title of a 1913 comic strip by Arthur R Momand]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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