every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost

every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost

Each person must work independently toward their own success, as in competitive situations. The phrase is not only used to apply to men. Once we realized that there was only one scoop of ice cream left, It was every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost.
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"It assumes the predominance in our society of the law of the jungle tacitly encouraging a 'war of all against all' and 'every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost' rather than indicating trust in the government and our duly constituted authorities.