: marked by ruthless self-interest
dog-eat-dog competition

Examples of dog-eat-dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recognized as a leading portrait paparazzo, Armstrong-Jones also freelanced in the dog-eat-dog world of Fleet Street newspapers. Bill McGraw, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2024 Work-life balance in banking Really, achieving work-life balance in any industry is tough—let alone in the famously dog-eat-dog financial industry. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 6 Mar. 2024 However, when Emily secures a managerial position at their dog-eat-dog hedge fund, the power shift within the bullpen begins to splinter their romantic bliss. EW.com, 18 Jan. 2024 In the role of Loewen, Bill Camp plays up the real man’s capitalist, dog-eat-dog mentality. Tomris Laffly, TIME, 6 Oct. 2023 The man who once cast himself as a benign presence in a dog-eat-dog industry, he is accused of running a scam in which billions were swiped from customers to fund outside ventures including political contributions and the purchase of luxury real estate. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 2 Oct. 2023 This idea that the world is and has always been dog-eat-dog is uninformed barbarism masked as wise cynicism. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 26 July 2023 The capital of Mexico is still fundamentally a dog-eat-dog sort of place, beset with persistent overlapping challenges. Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2023 Without a return of U.S. leadership, these challenges will only grow, moving us closer to a dog-eat-dog, might-makes-right world and further from one shaped by international cooperation and the peaceful resolution of differences. Robert M. Gates, Foreign Affairs, 2 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dog-eat-dog was in 1834

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“Dog-eat-dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dog-eat-dog. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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