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status symbol

A position or activity that allows one's social prestige to be displayed, as in She doesn't even drive; that car of hers is purely a status symbol. [Mid-1900s]
See also: status
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A charity warns that cocaine has become a status symbol
They are exclusively bred to be fighting dogs and status symbols.
Would you please address the proper use of status symbols, backed by an Army Regulation?
uk marketing manager Katie Armstrong said: "It was unsurprising that so many of the respondents surveyed would choose to drive such a luxurious motor and see cars as a top status symbol.
But the car is not always enough: A license plate with lucky numbers has become almost as much of a status symbol as the vehicle itself.
A status symbol is something that indicates the social status of its owner.
According to a March 13, 2006 article in Newsweek, tractors are now the new status symbol.
All of the patients were men, since women consider it a status symbol to have their teeth, or what's left of them.
Car buffs used to drool over such stats as horsepower, torque and top speed, but there's a new status symbol in the motoring world: miles per gallon.
In a wave of showy prosperity signalled by imported cars and country villas, new-build high-style city living is the next must-have status symbol.
00) narrows the focus to Samurai sword fittings, which were not only a military symbol but became a fashion accessory and status symbol alike.
Murphy says that plastic surgery has become the status symbol that in the '80s and '90s was working out at the gym.
Despite these widespread negative views about the pig, some cultures embrace the creature not only as a source of food, but also as a status symbol.
Surely there are some people who drive larger vehicles because they feel it is a status symbol, but for many large families it is a necessity.
That's the top calibre hockey league at the junior level, and there's a certain status symbol with that," says Medicino, whose chamber staff organized a season ticket drive, signing up 2,700 subscribers for the next hockey season.