Definition of rat race in English:

rat race

noun

informal
  • 1A way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power.

    • ‘A goldsmith jeweller who quit the rat race for the greener climes of South Lakeland says the future looks bright for his business.’
    • ‘Eventually, Gideon makes his peace with his daughter, decides to quit the rat race, and disappears off into the sunset with Stella.’
    • ‘‘You're not in the rat race like you are in London,’ he said.’
    • ‘They think that they've ‘won’; they've beaten the rat race, but commute twenty to forty hours a week.’
    • ‘Indeed, a few yearn to quit the rat race and lead a simpler life.’
    • ‘Originally we came to the country to escape the rat race in Edinburgh.’
    • ‘I am in film industry not to be part of the rat race but to enjoy whatever I do.’
    • ‘It is more of a rat race right from kindergarten.’
    • ‘To those caught in today's rat race, one of the major killers is stress and its related problems.’
    • ‘‘I think it's the way we all are,’ says Kentis, who admits that he can get caught up in the rat race of living in New York.’
    • ‘People want out of the rat race and want their euros to go further.’
    • ‘Anyone who suggests I quit the rat race to open a jam making cooperative in rural Borneo can stop right now!’
    • ‘By the time we see the benefits take effect, many of today's commuters will have quit the rat race for a more convenient life.’
    • ‘Apparently Dennis enjoyed the rat race, so he stayed.’
    • ‘A collectively created experimental piece about the mundane frustrations of the daily rat race is effectively staged, but tediously repetitive.’
    • ‘I am only 28 and yet I feel so sick of the rat race that I often find it difficult to turn up at my job in the mornings (I work at a public relations agency).’
    • ‘You get time to think and reflect, that you don't have when you're involved in the rat race outside.’
    • ‘How long have I dreamed of quitting the rat race?’
    • ‘To be caught up in the rat race seems to mean that a compromise has to be made.’
    • ‘‘Over here, the rat race just means buying the latest gadgets, but over there people are struggling to survive’, he added.’
    1. 1.1 An exhausting, usually competitive routine.

Pronunciation

rat race

/ˈræt ˌreɪs//ˈrat ˌrās/