Rat Race

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Severe, long-lasting and stressing competition in the society or in business

Etymology:

  • One shouldn’t perceive rat racing as an event of sports. However, rats are primarily having reputation of being speedy, relentless and competitive. The origin of this expression is related to a nautical expression regarding a tidal current. Rat and race are mainly French ras forms and its meaning is tiderace. This particular expression demonstrates unfortunate and confusing try to survive something. People usually use this expression in order to illustrate their lives and jobs. 
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It wouldn’t suffice for use to be a part of that rat race rather we should do something else.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Rat Race':

rat raceAn activity or situation which is congested with participants and which is hectic or tedious, especially in the context of a busy, modern urban lifestyle.
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