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conspicuous consumption

The lavish expenditure of money or acquisition of expensive items as a public display of one's wealth or financial success. In rapidly developing economies, conspicuous consumption becomes more and more prevalent as a means for those who have done well to flaunt their new economic status.
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be conspicuous by (one's) absence

To be noticeably missing from something. You're the loudest one in the class, so of course you're conspicuous by your absence!
See also: absence, conspicuous

conspicuous by (one's) absence

Noticeably missing from something. You're the loudest one in the class, so of course you're conspicuous by your absence!
See also: absence, conspicuous

*conspicuous by one's absence

Cliché noticeably absent (from an event). (*Typically: be ~; made ~.) How could the bride's father miss the wedding? He was certainly conspicuous by his absence.
See also: absence, conspicuous

make oneself conspicuous

to attract attention to oneself. Please don't make yourself conspicuous. It embarrasses me. Ann makes herself conspicuous by wearing brightly colored clothing.
See also: conspicuous, make

be conspicuous by your absence

if someone is conspicuous by their absence, people notice that they are not present in a place where they are expected to be Helen was conspicuous by her absence at the meeting yesterday.
See also: absence, conspicuous

conspicuous by its absence

Also, conspicuous by one's absence. Glaringly obvious by the fact of not being there. For example, One agenda item concerning publicity is conspicuous by its absence, or The bride's father was conspicuous by his absence. The idea is ancient; it was expressed by the Roman writer Tacitus, concerning the absence of Junia's brother and husband at her funeral procession. [Mid-1800s]
See also: absence, conspicuous

conspicuous by its absence

Very obvious through nonattendance. This oxymoron, which goes back to ancient Rome, applies to people or objects that attracted attention because they were expected to be present but weren't. An example would be a close relative who either wasn't invited or chose not to attend a family function. Some literary commentators contend that the phrase has become a cliché, but it's now used so rarely, you may—although at your peril—claim its wit to be your own.
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He saw society moving through a process where first came conspicuous leisure followed by conspicuous consumption--both performed for the sole purpose of demonstrating wealth and social status.
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Michelle Harrington, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, has called on pedestrians to ensure they are "as conspicuous as possible" at night.
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LONDON, April 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- It's one of the most frustrating paradoxes for consumers and policymakers alike: low-income individuals spend a proportionally larger percentage of their money on conspicuous goods than higher-income individuals.
Taipei, March 16, 2010 (CENS) -- Taiwan's airlines and marine firms registered conspicuous revenue growths in the first two months of this year.
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Cpl Malone, 23, of Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, was yesterday awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross after showing a "complete disregard for his own safety".
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