Definition of the law of the jungle in English:

the law of the jungle

phrase

  • The principle that those who are strong and apply ruthless self-interest will be most successful.

    ‘power politics reflected the law of the jungle’
    • ‘What is missing from the European mindset is the reality that outside Europe, there exists the law of the jungle.’
    • ‘As described by one former CIA lawyer that is ‘the law of the jungle.’’
    • ‘It's easy to write this off as the triumph of greed and the law of the jungle.’
    • ‘If we don't do this now, we'll allow the law of the jungle to pervade for the next million years.’
    • ‘She'd taught him the law of the jungle, after all, and he didn't believe in double standards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In other words, a society must have a moral standard by which it is run, or else we enter into the law of the jungle.’
    • ‘He viewed the world as one where the law of the jungle prevailed and the strong could kill the weak.’
    • ‘After all, they are the ones who have forgotten that we no longer live by the law of the jungle.’
    the survival of the fittest, each man for himself, every man for himself, dog-eat-dog
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