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“conspicuous consumption” in British English

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(Definition of “conspicuous consumption” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“conspicuous consumption” in Business English

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conspicuous consumptionnoun [ U ]

uk us disapproving

the practice of buying expensive goods in order to show people how rich you are:

The symbols of conspicuous consumption are the fur coats worn by the rich wives of the bankers at the conference.

(Definition of “conspicuous consumption” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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