the 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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It cannot and will not condone those who wish to live by the law of the jungle.
Some commentators have said that Turkey is no longer a country governed by the rule of law, but is instead ruled by the law of the jungle.
Fearless and free, Mowgli the "man-cub" finds fun and friendship despite learning to live by the law of the jungle.
The House of Representatives issued a statement in which it said that the brutal acts of racist genocide and gory terrorism committed against Muslims are tantamount to the law of the jungle and constitute a flagrant provocation against one billion Muslims all over the world.
Karbouli warned Prime Minister of " the harm consequences of militias' criminal practices which are perpetrated without punishments according to the law ," noting that everyone will be forced to defend himself , then will be disarray and the law lack of control , so will replaced by the law of the jungle " .
This seems more to be the law of the jungle than that of a modern, emancipated
Welfare department official Michael Herzig said: "We want to regulate prostitution because until now it was the law of the jungle.
We fly, we've discovered DNA and we've landed on the moon--yet the country is run by the law of the jungle, survival of the fittest.
We firmly believe in our right to a country where justice, and not the law of the jungle, prevails," he concluded.
The Foreign Ministry pointed out that the Israeli state of the Zionist entity is adopting the law of the jungle instead of the International Law.
After all as the law minister it is his duty to lay down the law as it exists in the country: the law of the jungle where allegations are answered not with a cogent defence but with the use of force -- haven't you heard of numerous RTI activists who dared to expose the corrupt being murdered in cold blood?
Do you think there is the law of the jungle in this country?
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.
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.