Definition of every man for himself in English:

every man for himself

phrase

proverb
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Make no mistake, once you're in the crush for the ticket gates it's survival of the fittest, 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.’
    • ‘We are working with the constant threat of one closure after another and it is every man for himself.’
    • ‘‘Back then people were very courteous but nowadays it's every man for himself,’ he said.’
    • ‘There was chaos and it was every man for himself.’
    • ‘There were no staff left, it was 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.’
    • ‘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.’