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.

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

Pronunciation:

rat race

/ˈrat ˌrās/