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rat race

1. A fierce competition for success, wealth, or power. The company's environment felt like a rat race—employees were constantly sabotaging each other to climb the corporate ladder.
2. A busy, tiring routine. Cathy was tired of the rat race and knew she needed to get a less stressful job.
See also: race, rat

rat race

Fig. a fierce struggle for success, especially in one's career or business. Bob got tired of the rat race. He's retired and gone to the country. The money market is a rat race, and many people who work in it get out quickly because of the stress.
See also: race, rat

rat race

Fierce competition to maintain or improve one's position in the workplace or social life. For example, You may not realize what a rat race it is to get research grants. This term presumably alludes to the rat's desperate struggle for survival. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
See also: race, rat

rat race

n. a dull and repetitive situation; a dull and unrewarding job. (see also daily grind.) I am really tired of this rat race—day after day. She dropped out of the rat race and moved to Vermont, where she opened a barber shop.
See also: race, rat
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A rat race, they concluded, can be expected in any work group under three conditions: some of the members benefit from the productive activity of other members; the output of the group as a whole can be significantly affected by the work efforts of the individuals it comprises; and members are able to establish work norms.
But once you adapt to this casual lifestyle with a twist of modern-day convenience, you never want to go back to the rat race.
He also did last year's Rat Race and has been trying to make me do it ever since and he eventually persuaded me.
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RAT Race, the organisers of the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest Event and Run 4 Wales, the organisers of the Cardiff Half Marathon, have been working closely with Cardiff City Council to resolve the clash of dates.
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