rat race

rat race
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. 2012.

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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 — 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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