- Rat race is slang to describe the competitive struggle in the working world.
An example of the rat race is working a 60 hour a week job just to be able to buy a fancy house to impress your friends.
Members of the rat race.
(third-person singular simple present rat-races, present participle rat-racing, simple past and past participle rat-raced)
- To rat run, that is, to drive on side streets, often at high speeds, to avoid traffic.