rat-race

rat race

noun Informal.
any exhausting, unremitting, and usually competitive activity or routine, especially a pressured urban working life spent trying to get ahead with little time left for leisure, contemplation, etc.

Origin:
1935–40, Americanism

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rat race
 
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a continual routine of hectic competitive activity: working in the City is a real rat race

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rat race definition


  1. n.
    a dull and repetitive situation; a dull and unrewarding job. (See also daily grind.) : I am really tired of this rat race—day after day. , She dropped out of the rat race and moved to Vermont, where she opened a barber shop.
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