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jones

[ johnz ]
/ dʒoʊnz /
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noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
an addiction, especially to heroin.
an intense desire; craving.
verb (used without object)
to have an intense desire for a drug, as during withdrawal (sometimes followed by for or out); I’ve been clean and sober for a week, but I’m still jonesing for a fix.
to have a craving for something or someone (sometimes followed by for or out): I'm jonesing out on a toasted onion bagel.Fans of the series were jonesing to get the sequel.
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Origin of jones

1965–70; origin uncertain; perhaps from the family name Jones, or from “keeping up with the Joneses, ” or from Great Jones Alley in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, frequented by drug addicts

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Jones
[ johnz ]
/ dʒoʊnz /

noun
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British Dictionary definitions for jones

Jones
/ (dʒəʊnz) /

noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with jones

Jones

see Davy Jones's locker; keep up (with the Joneses).

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