peer pressure


: a feeling that one must do the same things as other people of one's age and social group in order to be liked or respected by them
She started drinking in high school because of peer pressure.

Examples of peer pressure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some may like the taste, but a lot of it may come down to peer pressure and image. Melissa Willets, Parents, 7 June 2024 Retired officers should also use peer pressure to curb partisan campaign endorsements among their colleagues. Risa Brooks, Foreign Affairs, 9 Apr. 2021 After the speech, Biden also gave in to some peer pressure from Chiefs players behind him, deciding to put on the team’s red helmet in front of the crowd. Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star, 31 May 2024 Her grisly death drew attention to bullying and peer pressure, particularly among girls, and was deemed a national tragedy in Canada. Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2024 Young people tend to be more susceptible to peer pressure than adults, Mueller said. Silas Allen, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3 May 2024 The peer pressure at school meant that a majority of students – regardless of their faith – believed the rumors that Mr. Paty was Islamophobic and had acted out of malice. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Apr. 2024 Social media use is linked to bullying, the spreading of rumors, peer pressure, and an unrealistic view of other people's lives. Tanay Howard, Parents, 13 Mar. 2024 Beyond the obvious bragging rights and the unique pleasure of claiming a slice of paradise, there's a darker, more compelling undercurrent: the extreme peer pressure among billionaires to amass these secluded retreats. Kurt Knutsson, Cyberguy Report, Fox News, 17 Feb. 2024

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“Peer pressure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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