rat race

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rat +‎ race

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rat race (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, singular only) An activity or situation which is congested with participants and which is hectic or tedious, especially in the context of a busy, modern urban lifestyle.
  2. (by extension) The busy, modern urban lifestyle itself.
  3. (politics, business, finance etc) Inconsiderate and/or unfair competition, where the competitors are willing to do just about anything to win.

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