law the jungle

law of the jungle

noun
a system or mode of action in which the strongest survive, presumably as animals in nature or as human beings whose activity is not regulated by the laws or ethics of civilization.

Origin:
1890–95

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law of the jungle
 
n
a state of ruthless competition or self-interest

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