dog-eat-dog


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dog eat dog

(A situation) characterized by ruthless behavior and competition. It's dog eat dog right now at school because all the top students are competing to be valedictorian. Don't expect this kind of consideration in the real world—it's dog eat dog out there.
See also: dog, eat

dog-eat-dog

A dog-eat-dog situation is one in which people are willing to harm each other or to use dishonest methods in order to achieve what they want. Office politics can be a dog-eat-dog world. The TV business today is a dog-eat-dog business.

dog-eat-dog

mod. cruel; highly competitive. This is a dog-eat-dog world.
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It was no dog-eat-dog thing," says Brown, now 62 and the golf pro at Madden Golf Course in Dayton, Ohio.
And despite the dog-eat-dog world of showbiz, it's clear ex-Baywatch star Pammie has a soft spot for her labrador Star, heiress Paris cherishes her chihuahua Tinkerbell, and socialite Nicole Richie gets double delight from her pomeranian Foxy and shih tzu Honey Chili.
But in the dog-eat-dog world of modern shipbuilding they can take pride that their skills and expertise have been recognised.
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The age-old adage "there's strength in numbers" has never been more true than it is in the dog-eat-dog business arena.
In 1960, industrial real estate brokerage in Southern California was a dog-eat-dog jungle.
The dog-eat-dog world of crime is set against the 2008 US election in a brusque update of a George Higgins novel.
On the other hand, in a dog-eat-dog environment, with people who don't care about anyone but themselves, the atmosphere is miserable and no amount of money, or other distractions, can relieve it - it really is the sort of world that we 'don't want to live in'.
Authorities placed bottled water at strategic places, but you don't have to be a professor to realise that if you give Joe Public something free, he reverts to his primitive state and a dog-eat-dog situation.
Over the years, NBC drama series have kept their tongues planted in their cheeks even while dealing with heavy social and political issues in tales of the Old West, mean streets and dog-eat-dog professions.
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He didn't start playing the game until he was eight - in Taiwan almost retirement age - and has made slow progress on the ATP Tour, struggling to adapt to a dog-eat-dog world after years in a man-eat-dog one.
On the other hand, in a cutthroat, dog-eat-dog, sort of environment, with people who don't care about anyone but themselves, the atmosphere is miserable and no amount of money, or other distractions, can relieve it - it really is the sort of world that we "don't want to live in".