Definition of keep up with the Joneses in English:

keep up with the Joneses

phrase

  • Try to emulate or not be outdone by one's neighbours.

    • ‘I would presume it to mean ‘keeping up with the times, keeping up with the Joneses, or being ahead of everybody else’.’
    • ‘There is an element of keeping up with the Joneses, where people are constantly looking at their neighbours to see how they are doing.’
    • ‘Everyone in Wiltshire is going to have trouble keeping up with the Joneses after a newly married couple picked up a Lotto cheque for £2,271, 988 last week.’
    • ‘You are bombarded with this stuff - money will make you happy, and keeping up with the Joneses.’
    • ‘Keeping up with the Joneses here means having the biggest, juiciest tomatoes in your garden.’
    • ‘It is a sick kind of ‘Keeping up with the Joneses.’’
    • ‘If you are guilty of the sin of jealousy, you have this redeeming feature: you want what your neighbor has so much that you will struggle to keep up with the Joneses.’
    • ‘Keeping up with the Joneses acquired new connotations.’
    • ‘Keeping up with the Joneses in recent weeks has been a hectic affair.’
    • ‘Crikey's rugby correspondent Wally Flanker is back from catching up with the Joneses at Cardiff Arms Park - and when Wales takes on England, is there a better atmosphere in a sporting event anywhere in the world?’
    competitiveness, competition, contention, vying
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