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status quo

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Definition the existing state of affairs
  • Despite the rhetoric, the new agreement largely maintains the status quo.
status quo = existing state of affairs
  • She says she's the candidate to change the status quo.
  • status quo = existing state of affairs
  • 'I hate a Roman named Status Quo!' he said to me. 'Stuff your eyes with wonder,' he said, 'live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.'
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • status quo = (a Latin expression meaning) the existing state of affairs
  • Supporters of the status quo argue that passing new, tissue-specific legislation is unnecessary, and that the current oversight practices are enough.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • What she's afraid of is living, accepting the status quo.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • He proposed the impossible, as Harry Williams has remarked: "to conduct the war for the preservation of the status quo which had produced the war."
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • Neither cared to disturb the status quo ante.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • But slowly, things returned to status quo: Lindsey had a boyfriend, and Colin had a broken heart and a Theorem to finish.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Five weeks since Trey went back to school, and life as a nanny has become the status quo.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • Right, but you do understand that the status quo is a problem for us?
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • As an old-guard mayor, he had the impossible task of trying to maintain the status quo in a town that was changing radically all around him.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The South African government had powerful allies in Great Britain and the United States who were content to maintain the status quo.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • But for many, Vietnam opened the door to questioning the status quo.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • With my old friends mired in status quo, how could I explain my summer enlightenment?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • He's asking questions of the status quo.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The alternative presses of the 1960s were created to contest the status quo.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Take the Tortillas out of Your Poetry
  • Living off of beans is proper English, which brings with it the connotation of higher society, accepted standards, and the status quo.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Consequently, a situation of status quo had resulted, and so year after year she was retained under guardianship.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • No objection to the status quo.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I think it's her signal that everything is okay, or status quo, and she's just here to deliver an update, not to drop a bomb.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay

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