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I'm Jonesing for a little Ganja, mon... I'm jonesing for a little soul food, brother... Where did "I'm jonesing" come from?

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So "keeping up with the Joneses" would mean "have a constant supply of "? – ogerard May 23 '11 at 9:05

The New Oxford American Dictionary has “Origin 1960’s: said to come from Jones Alley, in Manhattan, associated with drug addicts.”

Some online sources dispute the claim and attribute it to Great Jones Street.

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+1 for actually answering the question. – advs89 Mar 28 '11 at 19:52
damn you're way more liberal with your upvotes than me – Alex Mills Jun 20 '15 at 9:43

Etymonline suggests that it rose from a use of Jones as slang for heroin:

The slang sense "intense desire, addiction" probably arose from earlier use of Jones as a synonym for "heroin," presumably from the proper name, but the connection, if any, is obscure.

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To supplement this great answer, there is evidence that the use of "Jones" as a slang term heroin is short for "Harry Jones", which is itself most likely derived from the similarity between the words Harry and heroin. – HaL Mar 23 '11 at 18:49
William Safire discusses the term here: nytimes.com/2003/05/11/magazine/… – The Raven Mar 23 '11 at 21:19
Green's Dictionary of Slang has "a drug addiction, especially to heroin", and the earliest reference is 1965. – Brian Hooper Mar 23 '11 at 21:51

"Basketball Jones" from Cheech & Chong's album "Los Cochinos."

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Los Cochinos is from 1973, but another answer says the phrase is from the 1960s. – Hugo Jan 30 '13 at 19:02

You'll find jones and jonesing in literature pertaining to prohibition times. Also relating to the followers of Rev Jones (mass suicide). So the meanings are multi-inspired and confused - as a lot of language is.

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An irresistable craving, from the song, "Mrs. Jones" (we got a thing goin' on).

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Do you have any evidence to support this claim? – Kit Z. Fox Jan 29 '13 at 0:49
"Me and Mrs. Jones" is from 1972 but another answer says the phrase is from the 1960s. – Hugo Jan 30 '13 at 19:04

"Keeping up with the Jones" meant to constantly getting more than those around you. "Jonesing" has grown to simply express the desire for more, whether it is drugs, or an object, or a person of desire. It is the expression of that desire.

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