Definition of panier de crabes in English:

panier de crabes

noun

literary
  • An arena of fierce or ruthless rivalry; a rat race.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in ELH. From French panier de crabes, lit. ‘basket of crabs’ from French panier basket (see pannier + de + crabes, plural of crab.

Pronunciation

panier de crabes

/ˌpanjeɪ də ˈkrab/