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keep up with the Joneses

To try to have the same possessions and lifestyle as one's neighbors or peers. A: "Why did she buy such an expensive car?" B: "Well, she lives in a wealthy part of time—I bet she just wants to keep up with the Joneses."
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keep up with the Joneses

Fig. to try to match the lifestyle of one's neighbors. I am tired of trying to keep up with the Joneses. Let's just move if we can't afford to live here. We never try to keep up with the Joneses.
See also: Jones, keep, up

keep up with the Joneses

INFORMAL
If someone tries to keep up with the Joneses, they deliberately buy or do the same things as the people around them so that they appear as successful as them. Her mother, Louise, was very keen on keeping up with the Joneses, and through much of her teens Linda accepted what she now calls `these false values'. Of course, in this desperate attempt to keep up with the Joneses, they are all the more likely to end up poor. Note: You usually use this expression to show disapproval. Note: This expression comes from the title of a comic strip by Arthur Momand, which was first published in the New York `Globe' in 1913.
See also: Jones, keep, up

keeping up with the Joneses

Making an effort to match your neighbors' social and financial status. If you bought a Chevrolet, but the guy who lived across the street bought a Cadillac, you wouldn't, vehicularly speaking, be considered in the same league. But if he took his wife and kids to Europe for a month and you took your wife and kids to Europe for a month, you were keeping up with the Joneses, no matter what your neighbor's last name was. The phrase came from a 1913 newspaper carton strip “Keep with the Joneses,” the name being as ubiquitous a last name as “Joe” was in phrases that used that first name. (See also status seeker.)
See also: Jones, keeping, up