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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

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 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.
See also: status, symbol

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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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]
See also: status, symbol
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.”
See also: status, symbol
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

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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For both clusters, foreclosure scores were significantly higher in the foreclosed and diffused statuses than in the moratorium and achieved statuses.
In all three domain clusters, moratorium scores were lowest in the foreclosed and achieved statuses (which were not significantly different from one another in any cluster) and highest in the moratorium status.
In the interpersonal and overall domain clusters, achievement scores differed significantly among all pairs of statuses (in the ideological cluster, the moratorium and foreclosed statuses were not significantly different from one another).
Across domain clusters, participants assigned to the moratorium or achieved statuses were significantly more likely to be correctly classified (54% each) than were participants assigned to the diffused or foreclosed statuses (30% and 29%, respectively), [chi square](1) = 20.50, p < .001.
The assumptions underlying the status model are that (a) the identity statuses should relate to exploration and commitment in ways consistent with the conceptual definitions of the statuses, and (b) status assignment procedures using exploration and commitment scores should yield results equivalent to those produced by algorithms using direct status measures.
The low levels of agreement and inaccuracy of prediction in the classification analyses did not support the status model and raised some important questions about the relationships of the statuses to their underlying dimensions.
Exploration scores were lowest in the direct statuses defined by low levels of exploration and were highest in the statuses defined by high levels of exploration.
For each status measure, placing the derived status classifications in order of ascending means yields a similar pattern: opposing status, adjacent statuses, and corresponding status.
Rates of disagreement were generally higher in the statuses characterized by low levels of exploration than in the statuses characterized by higher exploration levels.
However, the significant differences in agreement rates between the "low-exploring" and "high-exploring" statuses may suggest the presence of meaningful differences between the two sets of statuses.
The lower levels of classification agreement in foreclosure and diffusion may reflect greater diversity of presentation in these statuses than in moratorium and achievement.
The statuses low in commitment (i.e., diffusion and moratorium) showed higher rates of classification agreement than did the high-commitment statuses, foreclosure and achievement.