Share this entry

Share this page

the law of the jungle

Definition of the law of the jungle in English:

The principle that those who are strong and apply ruthless self-interest will be most successful: power politics reflected the law of the jungle
More example sentences
  • He viewed the world as one where the law of the jungle prevailed and the strong could kill the weak.
  • Otherwise, we simply have the law of the jungle.
  • His colleagues, who recounted the story, called his decision prudent in a city ruled by the law of the jungle for more than a year.
Synonyms
the survival of the fittest, each/every man for himself, dog-eat-dog
See parent entry: jungle

Definition of the law of the jungle in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words