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status symbol

Something, especially that which is very expensive and flashy, that someone owns and displays as a means of showing of their wealth or success. In this part of the city, expensive sneakers and designer sweatshirts are the real status symbols. Nothing says "status symbol" like a single person buying a 25,000 square foot mansion all for themselves.
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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]
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a ˈstatus symbol

an expensive possession which shows people that you are rich: These cars are regarded as status symbols in Britain.
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status symbol

A possession or privilege that is a mark of one’s social standing. Dating from the mid-twentieth century, this term is often used sarcastically, in effect deriding anyone who relies on status symbols for a sense of worth. The New York Times used it on September 3, 2000, in an article by Geraldine Fabrikant about lawyer Johnnie L. Cochran’s purchasing a private plane: “Mr. Cochran . . . is now hitting the major money leagues as well, and he has the status-symbol issue down pat.”
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In fact, the researchers suggest that trying to use status symbols to make friends could actually be bad for us.
And see if you could replace this "quirky mix of items and status symbols that suggest the signs of a successful life" with 50 friends and family members you could rely on in a crisis.
He also told how the dogs were seen as "status symbols" by young men, and bred to intimidate, safeguard territory and fight enemies.
"My heart sinks that people do not yet understand that if you are going to get a dog, don't get it as a status symbol. Get one that suits your lifestyle and where you live, and then train it."
Material items go such a long to showing that you are successful that it seems many are buying these status symbols, even if they can't really afford them." A study by Kotak Wealth and CRISIL Research called ' Top of the Pyramid' along with the UK study aids in an attempt to list out the many items in the Indian context that the aspirational lot invest in to prove they are a part of the select crowd.
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"But clamping down on those who keep dogs as status symbols to intimidate others, or worst of all, to fight."
We may be in a new age of austerity, but according to a recent report spend on luxury status symbols is showing no sign of abating.
Would you please address the proper use of status symbols, backed by an Army Regulation?
Sowhy can't our Dangerous Dogs Act be changed to stop snarling mutts being kept as deadly weapons and status symbols?
From pioneer brands, that have earned trust across multiple generations (Heinz, Gillette), to brands that market themselves as status symbols (Rolex, Tiffany & Co.), to brands that laud their own consistency (Coca-Cola, Campbell's soup) and much more, Brand Royalty is filled cover to cover with ideas to consider when formulating one's own brand, and charting a direction in which to take it.
When it comes to the amount of money people think they need to feel rich, the research into current attitudes towards wealth in Europe ( and the status symbols that go with it ( revealed that a further 17% of UK adults wanted pounds 100m or more.
When it comes to the amount of money people think they need to feel rich, the research into current attitudes towards wealth in Europe - and the status symbols that go with it - revealed that a further 17 per cent of UK adults wanted pounds 100m or more.
Recruitment firm Office Angels surveying 1,500 staff to identify the latest essential status symbols and gadgets.
They simply purchase a status symbol. A status symbol is something that indicates the social status of its owner.