rat race


: strenuous, wearisome, and usually competitive activity or rush

Examples of rat race in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Atlanta talent isn’t bound by the politics, rat race, and constructs of how rappers are expected to move. Armon Sadler, VIBE.com, 21 June 2024 Driven by the fear of missing out and determination to escape the corporate rat race, over 70% of the generation owns stock, according to NASDAQ, more than prior generations at the same life stage. Bysasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 16 June 2024 No trip is complete without the requisite drama over room assignments — an inevitable mixture of doubles and singles always results in a rat race for the best accommodations. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 18 Feb. 2024 This rat race isn’t just in the C-suite—employees are experiencing a similar phenomenon. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2023 See all Example Sentences for rat race 

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rat race was in 1937

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“Rat race.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rat%20race. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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