One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Everyone should (or does) look after their own interests rather than considering those of others.‘in previous student flats she'd shared, it was every man for himself’
- ‘‘Back then people were very courteous but nowadays it's every man for himself,’ he said.’
- ‘Around May 22 we were told we have to retreat, that it was every man for himself and we had to make a beeline for the coast.’
- ‘Without such a standard we are condemned to live in a largely amoral world in which it is every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost.’
- ‘Make no mistake, once you're in the crush for the ticket gates it's survival of the fittest, every man for himself.’
- ‘We are working with the constant threat of one closure after another and it is every man for himself.’
- ‘It was every man for himself in conditions like this.’
- ‘Publicly they stated that their employees came first, but privately it was every man for himself and I was resentful.’
- ‘There was chaos and it was every man for himself.’
- ‘There were no staff left, it was every man for himself.’
- ‘On Wall Street in the 19th century, as in the Wild West, it was every man for himself: market speculation was a showdown where the winners took all.’
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