- 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.
rat race definition by Webster's New World
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Slang a mad scramble or intense competitive struggle, as in the business world
rat race definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun InformalThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A difficult, tiring, often competitive activity or routine.
rat race - Phrases/Idioms
Fierce competition to maintain or improve one's position in the workplace or social life. For example, You may not realize what a rat race it is to get research grants. This term presumably alludes to the rat's desperate struggle for survival. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]