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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.
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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 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 seeker

Someone who uses conniving, self-serving, or manipulative tactics in order to rise to higher socioeconomic levels. The film has chosen to depict the brilliant young businesswoman as some kind of status seeker who used her friends and connections in order to advance her own career and place in society.
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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 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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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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The name change to Status Global Insurance, and company rebrand, come at a pivotal time, as they are set to launch three different exciting new products within the next few months.
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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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.
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.
Full-time student status: Birth certificate (if not already on file) and a copy of current semester official class schedule reflecting full-time student status or signed statement from the registrar or dean of students verifying full-time student status or copy of the current semester tuition bill showing proof of payment for full-time student status/credit hours.
Units that do file the report show a need for resource allocation based on reported status.
The department published the status report on its Web site just days after former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge cited his Fifth Amendment right in response to allegations that he and detectives working under him tortured more than 100 black and Latino suspects.
Demographic variables, such as student and work status (full or part-time), seem to be among the most pertinent in explaining the use of online education by students.
However, we see many insurance policies with fundamental, structural problems, involving such "small stuff," but nonetheless critically important issues as the Named Insured and Additional Insured status in liability insurance policies.
The remaining strategies available to healthcare providers would be to consider another nonimmigrant (temporary) visa category or, perhaps better, pursue permanent residence status (green cards) on behalf of foreign national employees.
Each identity status represents a specific level of exploration (high or low) crossed with a specific level of commitment.
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.