Definition of red in tooth and claw in US English:

red in tooth and claw

phrase

  • Involving savage or merciless conflict or competition.

    ‘nature, red in tooth and claw’
    • ‘We must celebrate the real world, the rough world, the natural human and human nature red in tooth and claw.’
    • ‘Nature has always been a battle, red in tooth and claw.’
    • ‘But of course the owls, along with the centre's other creatures, are hunters red in tooth and claw, and far from suitable as cuddly pets.’
    • ‘A well-functioning bench represents the ultimate triumph of the forces of civilizations over the rule of nature, red in tooth and claw.’
    • ‘They decided not to be red in tooth and claw and instead all drink peacefully at the same waterhole - to be complementary rather than competitive, to share ideas.’
    • ‘It is a war of each against all, nature red in tooth and claw.’
    • ‘Moreover, if left on their own, millions upon millions of animals would die more brutal deaths at the hands of a nature red in tooth and claw.’
    • ‘Both literally and figuratively, theirs was a marriage red in tooth and claw.’
    • ‘It's capitalism, red in tooth and claw, and it isn't pretty.’
    • ‘While they destroy smaller traders by uncompetitive means, the superstores' relations with each other are not quite as red in tooth and claw as their advertising suggests.’