to keep up with the Joneses

Idiom

to keep up with the Joneses

Definition

refers to the tendency for people to measure their success or social standing in comparison with their neighbors or peers.

Examples

He bought a new car just to keep up with the Joneses

She can’t seem to stop trying to keep up with the Joneses

Origin

It comes from the comic strip “Keeping Up with the Joneses”, which first appeared in the United States in 1913.

FAQs

Is the idiom still in use today?

Yes

What is the origin of the phrase?

It comes from the comic strip “Keeping Up with the Joneses”

Is the phrase used sarcastically?

Yes