One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power.
- ‘How long have I dreamed of quitting the rat race?’
- ‘Anyone who suggests I quit the rat race to open a jam making cooperative in rural Borneo can stop right now!’
- ‘You get time to think and reflect, that you don't have when you're involved in the rat race outside.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Indeed, a few yearn to quit the rat race and lead a simpler life.’
- ‘To those caught in today's rat race, one of the major killers is stress and its related problems.’
- ‘People want out of the rat race and want their euros to go further.’
- ‘‘Over here, the rat race just means buying the latest gadgets, but over there people are struggling to survive’, he added.’
- ‘Originally we came to the country to escape the rat race in Edinburgh.’
- ‘To be caught up in the rat race seems to mean that a compromise has to be made.’
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘A collectively created experimental piece about the mundane frustrations of the daily rat race is effectively staged, but tediously repetitive.’
- ‘It is more of a rat race right from kindergarten.’
- ‘I am in film industry not to be part of the rat race but to enjoy whatever I do.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘They think that they've ‘won’; they've beaten the rat race, but commute twenty to forty hours a week.’
- ‘Apparently Dennis enjoyed the rat race, so he stayed.’
- ‘‘You're not in the rat race like you are in London,’ he said.’
- 1.1 An exhausting, usually competitive routine.
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