rat race


Definition of rat race

: strenuous, wearisome, and usually competitive activity or rush

Examples of rat race in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More freedom, more enjoyment of life, less scrambling in a rat race—maybe that’s the right direction. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2021 For visitors and residents alike, practicing meditation in Thailand offers the chance to step back, extract one's self from the rat race for a short time, and take a look at the bigger picture. Joe Cummings, CNN, 2 Nov. 2021 The replies poured in — and not just from those caught up in the rat race. New York Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Instead of leaning into the cultural renaissance that has occurred over the past 18 months, the industry’s attention is once again focused on the never-ending rat race to ride the latest trend or hashtag. Hamish Macdonald, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 After being sidelined by the pandemic, some workers feel less motivated to get back into the rat race, explains Ryan Severino, JLL’s JLL chief economist and adjunct professor at Columbia University. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 These are all healthy reactions to a health care crisis in that people seem to be acknowledging that quality of life — for many — is preferable to the corporate rat race. Laura Alamery, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Oct. 2021 Exhausted and without hope, East Asian youth are 'lying flat' Young people in China are getting tired of the fierce competition for college and jobs, and the relentless rat race once they get hired. Steve George, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 The ostensible reason: ending the tutoring rat race and reducing the cost of raising children. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of rat race

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rat race was in 1937

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10 Jan 2022

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“Rat race.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rat%20race. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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