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challenge the status quo

To behave or do something in a way contrary to that which is generally accepted or expected. I love this filmmaker, his movies really challenge the status quo! It can be risky, but challenging the status quo can be a great way to get ahead in business.
See also: challenge, quo, status

the status quo

The condition or state of affairs as it already exists or operates. Despite their myriad promises, politicians are inevitably more interested in maintaining the status quo, which is more profitable for them and their corporate buddies.
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status quo

The existing condition or state of affairs, as in We don't want to admit more singers to the chorus; we like the status quo. This term, Latin for "state in which," has been used in English since the early 1800s.
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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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the status ˈquo

(from Latin) the situation as it is now, or as it was before a recent change: The conservatives are keen to maintain the status quo.
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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 seeker

Someone who aspires to a higher socioeconomic level. Upward mobility have always been an aspect of American society, but it took sociologist Vance Packard's 1959 book The Status Seekers to give a name to people who strove to impress by acquiring and flaunting fashionable and expensive items and social cachet. Status seekers—the derogatory epithet quickly gained popularity—not only tried to keep up with the Jones, they wanted to leave the Jones behind.
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In the mid-twentieth century, Abraham Maslow outlined his theory of the five hierarchal needs of human motivation, namely, basic physiologic needs, safety, love/belonging, status, and ultimately "actualization.
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For researchers to better understand low-birth-weight disparities among racial and ethnic groups, the analysts conclude, it will be necessary to explore such issues as the health status of immigrants, cultural factors, social support and socioeconomic context.
Another key status return capability is that the Set Device Bits FIS can notify the host that multiple commands have been completed at the same time, ensuring that the host receives just one interrupt for multiple command completions.
When asked if the department had published the status report previously, Bayless said, "The numbers are reported in great detail in our [regular] annual reports.
It should be noted, as well, that work status was not a statistically significant factor in explaining the adoption of online education.
Under these circumstances, it is important to have all of the entities listed, their names properly spelled, and their legal status appropriately noted.
The best option is for healthcare providers to find either Canadian or Mexican nurses (and other selected healthcare professionals) who qualify for TN-nonimmigrant status under the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The identity status model is founded upon the relationships of the statuses to their component dimensions.
OTTAWA -- One's economic and social status and state of mind are more important influences on health than where a person lives, according to the report Regional Socio-economic Context and Health, published by Statistics Canada.
His focus on social workers primarily in New York City, while seemingly narrow, does help to unveil the complex linkages between class formation and identity politics, as well as show how the term "middle-class" is used to encompass variations in social and economic status.
As males compete for status in intense wrestling matches, females have their feelers out for something else.
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