See also: rat-race
- (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.
- (by extension) The busy, modern urban lifestyle itself.
- (politics, business, finance etc) Inconsiderate and/or unfair competition, where the competitors are willing to do just about anything to win.
activity which is hectic, tedious, and congested with participants