Joneses

plural noun (in phr. keep up with the Joneses) strive not be outdone by one's neighbours.
Origin
C19: from the surname Jones.

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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  • Joneses — /john ziz/, n.pl. one s neighbors, friends, business associates, etc.: Keeping up with the Joneses has put him in debt. [1925 30] * * * Joneses [ˈdʒəʊnzɪz] [ˈdʒoʊnzɪz] noun plural Idiom: ↑keep up with the Joneses   …   Useful english dictionary

  • Joneses — [[t]ʤo͟ʊnzɪz[/t]] also Jones PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone is keeping up with the Joneses, you mean that they are doing something in order to show that they have as much money as other people, rather than because they really want to… …   English dictionary

  • Joneses — /john ziz/, n.pl. one s neighbors, friends, business associates, etc.: Keeping up with the Joneses has put him in debt. [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • Joneses — Jones|es [ˈdʒəunzız US ˈdʒoun ] n →keep up with the Joneses at keep up(4) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Joneses — Jone|ses [ dʒounzəz ] noun keep up with the Joneses INFORMAL to try to be as rich, successful, etc. as your neighbors …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Joneses — noun see keep up with the Joneses keep 1 …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Joneses — UK [ˈdʒəʊnzɪz] / US [ˈdʒoʊnzəz] noun keep up with the Joneses …   English dictionary

  • Joneses — [ˈdʒəʊnzɪz] noun keep up with the Joneses informal to try to be as rich, successful etc as your neighbours[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Joneses — Jones•es [[t]ˈdʒoʊn zɪz[/t]] n. pl. keep up with the Joneses Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • Joneses —  keeping up with the. Not Jones’ or Jones’s or other common variants …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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