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Keeping up with the Joneses, the meaning

Posted by Kevin Snow on January 31, 2003

You didn't post a definition for Keeping Up with the Joneses. The Joneses are the affluent neighbors down the street. If they buy a new car and you buy a new car simply because they did, that's called Keeping up with the Joneses. Another way to say it is maintaining an external show of affluence because your neighbors do.