the rat race


: the unpleasant life of people who have jobs that require them to work very hard in order to compete with others for money, power, status, etc.
She is quitting the rat race to spend time with her family.

Examples of the rat race in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 10-episode series, developed for the streamer by Onyx Collective, is based on Zakiya Dalila Harris’s best-selling 2021 novel of the same name and follows Nella Rogers (Sinclair Daniel), a put-upon editorial assistant, as the rat race leads her down unexpected paths. Leigh-Ann Jackson, New York Times, 11 Sep. 2023 With a long way to go until voters head to the polls, candidates have ample time to continue raising money and keep trying to pull ahead in the rat race. Justin Klawans, The Week, 4 Aug. 2023 But a whole swath of them are opting out of the rat race. Theodora Yu, Washington Post, 25 July 2023 Big Bear has always been an iconic mountain escape, especially for Angelenos looking to retreat from the rat race. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 30 Jan. 2023 The job-changing trend has revived a debate about the futility of the rat race. Zixu Wang, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2023 The Moon is coasting into your sleepy 12th house, giving you cosmic permission to check out from the rat race and tend to your own needs away from the world. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 9 Mar. 2023 See More

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“The rat race.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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