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Meaning: a young professional with a high-paying job and an expensive lifestyle

For example:

  • A lot of yuppies are buying apartments in inner-city areas, so prices are going up fast.

  • There's a whole new class of yuppies emerging in fast-growing economies like those of China and India.

Origin: From "(y)oung (u)rban (p)rofessionals", or yups. Widely-used first in the 1980's.

Quick Quiz:

The word "yuppie" is derived from the words
  1. young urban professional
  2. youth under pressure
  3. your underwear pongs

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