the haves

plural noun

: people who have a lot of money and possessions : wealthy people
usually used in the phrase the haves and the have-nots
the gap between the haves and the have-nots

Examples of the haves in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take for example the slapstick shot of Maxine scaling the back wall of the resort right in the show’s opening moments — giving a literal representation to the separation between the haves and have-nots. Tom Smyth, Vulture, 20 Mar. 2024 And that was just a contrast itself between the haves and the have-nots. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Aug. 2023 And many schools that aren't part of the major conferences may choose not to pay anything to any players at all, which could eventually open a competitive gulf between the haves and the have nots. Becky Sullivan, NPR, 24 May 2024 In the real estate brokerage industry, as in the housing market — where median home prices are now six times the median American income and a majority of American renters are spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent and utilities — there is a chasm between the haves and have-nots. Debra Kamin, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2024 Instead, Bowlin chips away the private-equity varnish to reveal the chasm between the haves and the have-nots. Longreads, 3 May 2024 The yawing divide between the haves and the have-nots couldn’t be more apparent. Susan Harley, The Mercury News, 23 Mar. 2024 In my perspective, the real fear isn't AI itself but the fear of being sorted into a class of the haves and have-nots. Cheryl Goodman, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 To understand the chasm between programs like Oakland’s and Kentucky’s, consider the newest measure that separates the haves and have-nots: name, image and likeness funds. Billy Witz, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024

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“The haves.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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