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2. An addiction or craving.
intr.v. jonesed, jones·ing, jones·es
To have an eager or intense desire: was jonesing for caffeine.
[Perhaps from the name Jones.]
Family of American jazz musicians, including Henry (1918-2010), known as "Hank," a pianist best known as a member of the Columbia Broadcasting System house band (1959-1974); his brother Thaddeus Joseph (1923-1986), known as "Thad," a cornetist, flugelhorn player, and composer who wrote extensively for Count Basie's orchestra; and his brother Elvin Ray (1927-2004), a drummer best known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet (1960-1965).
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keep up with the Joneses, to compete socially with one's neighbors or associates, esp. by buying the things they have.
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