Definition of rat race in English:

rat race

Syllabification: rat race


  • 1A way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power.
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    • ‘I think it's the way we all are,’ says Kentis, who admits that he can get caught up in the rat race of living in New York.
    • To be caught up in the rat race seems to mean that a compromise has to be made.
    • Anyone who suggests I quit the rat race to open a jam making cooperative in rural Borneo can stop right now!
  • 1.1An exhausting, usually competitive routine.

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