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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's easy to write this off as the triumph of greed and the law of the jungle.’
    • ‘As described by one former CIA lawyer that is ‘the law of the jungle.’’
    • ‘After all, they are the ones who have forgotten that we no longer live by 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.’
    • ‘What is missing from the European mindset is the reality that outside Europe, there exists 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    the survival of the fittest, each man for himself, every man for himself, dog-eat-dog
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