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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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Having considered the matter, the Commission had passed an order dated March 8, 2019, directing that JMM and Shiv Sena will not be granted concession under Paragraph 10 of the Symbols Order, to use their reserved symbol 'Bow & Arrow' for contesting elections in Bihar, henceforth.
Symbols representing the first president of a country are common the world over.
They understand the power of symbols, except the symbols are often of them.
People went to social media demanding Google maps for answers on why the swastikas have been seen on the maps all of a sudden, especially that the swastika symbol mostly known for its reference to the Nazism.
The party, however, did not award him ticket and he has been allotted the symbols of lock and helmet in the two constituencies.
The 14 registered parties, which failed to hold intra-party election and comply with other rules and regulations of the ECP, were not allotted electoral symbols, he said.
It is pertinent to mention that returning officers across the country have allocated party symbols to prospective candidates who produced party certificates, while independent candidates were allocated symbols from a list of 224 symbols.
He said out of the total 110 registered political parties, 88 had applied for election symbols. There was dispute over the cases of 11 which has been decided.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Peoples Party will contest the upcoming general elections with the symbol of the sword after more than 40 years.
Nayyar Bukhari, explained to the ECP that the party was formed in 1967 and had contested the 1970 election on the 'sword' symbol. However, after Gen Ziaul Haq imposed martial law, the symbol was removed entirely from the ECP's list.
According to the FTCs Care Labelling Rule, care information must be provided by care instructions written in English, or the care symbols in the ASTM D5489-96c standard.
The Election Commission heard the case regarding the allotment of sword symbol for the next elections.
Former independent candidate Maimun Yusuf said she would only run for office in the upcoming general elections if she is allowed to use the palace symbol, Malay daily Berita Harian reported today.
An ancient symbol on a Norwegian Olympic team's sweaters is stirring controversy because the Nazis appropriated the symbol during their murderous campaign to create a master race.
Among the many things that constitute a nation, symbols are very crucial to its identity and development.