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asphalt jungle

An overcrowded, unsafe and/or crime-ridden urban environment or city, characterized by the congestion of large buildings and roads. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. After 10 years living in that asphalt jungle, I'm looking forward to being in a place with a bit of grass and friendly neighbors.
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concrete jungle

An overcrowded, unsafe and/or crime-ridden urban environment or city, characterized by the congestion of large buildings and roads. After years living in that concrete jungle, I'm looking forward to being in a place with a bit of grass and friendly neighbors.
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jungle telegraph

An informal means of communication or information, especially gossip. Used most commonly in the phrase "hear (something) on the jungle telegraph." (Analogous to "hear (something) through the grapevine.") Primarily heard in UK. I heard on the jungle telegraph that Stacy and Mark are getting a divorce! A: "How do you know the company is going bust?" B: "I heard it on the jungle telegraph."
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hear (something) on the jungle telegraph

To hear or learn a something through an informal means of communication, especially gossip. Primarily heard in UK. I heard on the jungle telegraph that Stacy and Mark are getting a divorce! A: "How do you know the company is going bust?" B: "I heard it on the jungle telegraph."
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king of the jungle

The lion, especially in cultural or artistic depictions. (Usually a misnomer, as lions typically inhabit deserts or dry forests, as opposed to jungles.) Engraved in striking marble, the king of the jungle stands sentinel over this ancient arena. The king of the jungle is the symbol for the zodiac sign Leo.
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rubber jungle

An aviation term among pilots and airline crew for the effect created when the rubber oxygen masks in a commercial aircraft deploy from its ceiling. Everyone started to panic when the rubber jungle appeared, so I had to reassure them that it was just a minor hiccup and that we were all perfectly safe.
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It's a jungle out there.

The real world is severe.; It's hard to get by in everyday life. A: Gee, people are so rude in this town. B: Yup, it's a jungle out there.
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the law of the jungle

the way in which only the strongest and cleverest people in a society stay alive or succeed I was brought up on the streets where the law of the jungle applies, so I soon learnt how to look after myself.
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law of the jungle

Survival of the strongest, as in The recent price war among airlines was governed by the law of the jungle. This term, alluding to the jungle as a place devoid of ethics where brutality and self-interest reign, was first used by Rudyard Kipling in The Jungle Book (1894).
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asphalt jungle

n. the paved landscape of the city; the city viewed as a savage place. I don’t look forward to spending the rest of my days in an asphalt jungle.
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jungle

n. a vicious area of confusion; the real world. The place is a jungle out there. You’ll grow up fast out there.

jungle juice

n. homemade liquor; any strong liquor. This jungle juice will knock you for a loop.
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jungle mouth

n. a case of very bad breath; breath like the rotting jungle floor. My husband woke up with jungle mouth, and I could hardly stand to be around him.
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jungled

mod. alcohol intoxicated; affected by jungle juice. He was jungled before he came here.
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Within minutes of his claim being published a crowd of people rushed forward to confirm that Jungly Barry was in fact Barry Halpin, a teacher and part-time musician from St Helens who 'dropped-out' in the '70s and died in 1996.
Years after his death, a new book has claimed that the man known as Jungly Barry was, in fact, Lord Lucan.
I spent two days in Bangkok, a couple on the southern beaches of Krabi and two more in the jungly and mountainous northern outreaches around Chiang Mai.
WILD GARDENS, PLANTED BY NATURE on wild lands or by scientists in jungly botanical gardens, reveal Hawaii's tropical plant treasures in inspirational surroundings for hikers, photographers, and nature lovers.
He was believed to be dead but last year it was claimed he had lived for years in Goa where he grew a beard and was known as Jungly Barry.
He said Lucan lived in a commune in a remote corner of the coastal area of Goa and was known by the nickname Jungly Barry.
Iban hosts pick up visitors in outboardpowered boats for the cruise through jungly tunnels with mossy-trunked trees meshed overhead (don't do this if having 2 inches of freeboard makes you nervous).
What has been riveting about this UTV show is not the setting - as jungly as a tropical butterfly house - but watching six people with egos many times larger than their talent turning into spoilt, spiteful little brats.
Williams created a dense, jungly look with palms, tree ferns, raphiolepis, and cascading ivy.
In a human daisy chain we climbed a 960ft waterfall winding our way up through shallow pools and overhanging jungly vegetation.
Landscape architect Randon Garver of Santa Monica gave the pool a jungly look by running plants right up to a rock-lined edge.
Notice the tile fountain by the rest rooms, and maybe try a round on the jungly, terraced miniature golf course.
Commun- ications manager David Jordan, of Cheam, Surrey, spent six months drinking and playing chess with Jungly Barry before the boozy bachelor's death from liver failure seven years ago.