rat race
noun Date: 1939 strenuous, wearisome, and usually competitive activity or rush

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • rat race — {n.}, {slang} A very confusing, crowded, or disorderly rush; a confusing scramble, struggle, or way of living that does not seem to have a purpose. * /The dance last night was a rat race. It was too noisy and crowded./ * /School can be a rat race …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rat race — {n.}, {slang} A very confusing, crowded, or disorderly rush; a confusing scramble, struggle, or way of living that does not seem to have a purpose. * /The dance last night was a rat race. It was too noisy and crowded./ * /School can be a rat race …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rat race — ˈrat race noun the rat race the unpleasant situation in business or in life in which people are always struggling to compete against each other for success: • A vacation is a chance to escape the corporate rat race for two weeks …   Financial and business terms

  • rat race — n the rat race the unpleasant situation experienced by people working in big cities, when they continuously compete for success and have a lot of ↑stress in their lives get out of/quit the rat race ▪ the story of a couple who quit the rat race …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Rat Race — ou Course folle au Canada est un film américain réalisé par Jerry Zucker et sorti en août 2001. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique 3 Distribution 4 Lien externe …   Wikipédia en Français

  • rat race — also rat race, competitive struggle, 1934 …   Etymology dictionary

  • rat race — The rat race is the ruthless, competitive struggle for success in work, etc …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • rat race — rat ,race noun singular an activity, job, or situation in which there is a lot of competition and people are too busy to relax or enjoy themselves …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rat race — rat′ race n. inf an exhausting and usu. competitive routine activity …   From formal English to slang

  • rat race — ► NOUN informal ▪ a way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power …   English terms dictionary

  • rat race — ☆ rat race n. Slang a mad scramble or intense competitive struggle, as in the business world …   English World dictionary

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