law of the jungle


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law of the jungle

The idea that the strongest or most merciless in a society or group will survive. The phrase comes from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. I refuse to serve as mayor without compassion, so this city will not operate according to the law of the jungle.
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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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the law of the jungle

You use the law of the jungle to describe a situation where people who are strong and do not care about harming others are most successful. The streets are subject to the law of the jungle and policing has been entrusted to private law enforcement agencies. She strongly criticized the president for what she described as his attempt to rule by the law of the jungle. Note: This phrase became popular from `The Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling (1894). `The law of the Jungle, which never orders anything without a reason, forbids every beast to eat Man, except when he is killing to show his children how to...'. Instead of encouraging aggression, this law actually places limits on the use of violence in the animal kingdom.
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the law of the jungle

the principle that those who are strong and apply ruthless self-interest will be most successful.
1989 Bessie Head Tales of Tenderness & Power And at the beer tank the law of the jungle prevailed, the stronger shoving the weaker.
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the ˌlaw of the ˈjungle

a situation in which people are prepared to harm other people in order to succeed: The police daren’t go into certain parts of the city. It’s the law of the jungle in there.In this business it’s the law of the jungle.
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Is abiding by the law of the jungle a useful way for the animals to live?
Lastly, The Law of the Jungle establishes the principle of harmonious coexistence.
Mired in technical legal analysis and media sensationalism, Aguinda vs Chevron and to some degree, Law of the Jungle (to its credit), betray the ever-deepening chasm between the people who fall victim to corporate greed, and those who champion and publicize their cause for profit and celebrity.
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Deputy Chairman Oktay EuztE-rk supports the view that some recent practices of the AK Party government are reminiscent of the law of the jungle.
If that order is compromised or eroded, the law of the jungle would prevail.
We strongly condemn this unfair zionist decision which makes the murderers innocent and is victorious for the law of the jungle conducted by its (Israeli) leaders and soldiers," Hamas said in a statement.
How sad it is therefore to hear that, like the ice caps, we are slowly but irrevocably being coerced to melt into separate fragments, released to float in solitary existence into a merciless world where the economic law of the jungle will marginalise a separate Wales, a separate Scotland, and a bereft England.
At one end of the scale, the Law of the Jungle is perfectly fair; and, in Darwinian theory, this would be in the long term best interest of all.
This is a return to the Law of the Jungle in the twenty-first century, where might is right.
The security agencies and the interior ministry will exercise their powers and will not allow any party to take the law into their own hands, returning [us] to the law of the jungle and chaos," Ghsain added.
The law of the jungle provides a metaphor in Strategy Workshop Toolkit for corporate types who need to be engaged in order for successful strategy workshops to take place--a task akin to "herding wild cats".
The media reports that the law of the jungle prevailed in the parliament.
One cabbie said: "It's the law of the jungle out there on a weekend.
We need a Common Fisheries Policy just as we need quotas, to keep from being ruled by the law of the jungle and every man for himself, and to protect small-scale fishing in our country and on all of Europe's shorelines," declared Michel Barnier in an off-the-cuff reaction to the green paper on reform of the CFP, adopted on 22 April by the Commission.
It will be like the law of the jungle to establish own courts and stop judicial system.