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asphalt jungle

An overcrowded, unsafe 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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blackboard jungle

1. Schools viewed as a broad group or category. The term implies that they have many pitfalls and difficulties. After working in the blackboard jungle for 20 years, retirement is much more appealing than continuing to teach multiplication tables.
2. A school in which the students are particularly unruly. Teachers keep quitting because that school is a blackboard jungle. You have a good chance of being physically harmed if you teach there.
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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.
See also: concrete, jungle

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."
See also: hear, jungle, on, telegraph

it's a jungle out there

1. Some place is dangerous. Be careful when you go out tonight—it's a jungle out there!
2. The world is characterized by ruthless behavior and competition. All the top students are competing to be valedictorian—it's really a jungle out there. Don't expect this kind of consideration in the real world—it's a jungle out there.
See also: jungle, out, there

jungle breath

slang Particularly foul-smelling breath. I know I tend to have jungle breath when I wake up, so I usually brush my teeth before I do anything else. My date was really attractive and very funny, but good lord, she had horrible jungle breath.
See also: breath, jungle

jungle juice

slang Any improvised mixture of large amounts various hard liquors combined with small amounts of fruit juice. Everyone was getting messed up on the giant bowl of jungle juice they had sitting on the kitchen table. Jungle juice? No thanks, I don't feel like dying of a hangover tomorrow.
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jungle mouth

slang Particularly foul-smelling breath. I know I tend to have jungle mouth when I wake up, so I usually brush my teeth before I do anything else. My date was really attractive and very funny, but good lord, she had horrible jungle mouth.
See also: jungle, mouth

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."
See also: jungle, telegraph

jungled up

old-fashioned slang Having particular living arrangements or being in particular accommodations, especially temporarily. I followed your hired muscle, Tommy, and they led me straight to where you've been jungled up for the last two months! We've been jungled up in this motel room for the last month while the house is being renovated.
See also: jungle, up

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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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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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.
See also: jungle, rubber
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: jungle, out, there
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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 American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

blackboard jungle

a school, or schools in general, with violent and uncontrollable pupils.
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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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: jungle, mouth

jungled

mod. alcohol intoxicated; affected by jungle juice. He was jungled before he came here.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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This jungly habitat originally covered most of the Atlantic fringe of Europe from northern Scotland to Portugal, and is part of the Celtic Rainforest of Western Britain and Ireland.
Across the centre of the island stretch swathes of jungly forest, deep caves, and vast whispering fields of sugar cane, dotted with pleasant villages filled with vibrant life.
Not least raspberries blown on her head, daddy making Tarzan noises and in the same jungly ball park, her old man acting like a monkey.
In jungly Kudat, we called at a 100-metre longhouse on stilts, a giant dormitory where 90 people live.
First she hides to avoid capture, "down in the jungly grass choked with bitterweed and black-eyed susans, wild to the prickling skin, with many heads nodding, cauldrons of ants, with butterflies riding them, grasshoppers hopping them, mosquitoes making the air alive, down in the loud and lonesome grass" (491).
You don't have to visit the tropics to enjoy jungly foliage and flowers.
Ex Cathedra's continued policy of drawing soloists from its own ranks introduced some exciting new young voices in this sequence of offerings which swung from High Church chanting (with thrillingly full-voiced unison singing from the massed choristers) to jungly high spirits, bringing the festivities of the streets into the basilica.
Maybe it was the magical light in the park created by the evergreen oak and jungly banana palms?
Crews apply Tecnu before and after venturing into a jungly right-of-way or forest where poison oak is growing, EPUD spokesman Bob Mieger said.
MacLaughlin, a former Scotland Yard detective, has produced a book detailing how the missing aristocrat spent his last years in Goa in the guise of a drunken hippie called Jungly Barry.
Maybe we're expecting it because that's what they usually do in a crisis - but Chamberlain expected peace, Beckham expected to stay at Man U, Jungly Barry was expected to be Lord Lucan, and George Reynolds expected to fill his new stadium.
Like some fabulous new strain of kudzu, the jungly Dreamcatcher almost overwhelms everything else with its hanging garden of photographic ferns, peacock-feather butterflies, and papier-mache branchings, all bounding up from corduroy dirt, as clear glass tubes drop from the ceiling: stalactite rain amid a cutout photo forest.
Tracking a habituated family group can take up to three hours, but the effort of scrambling up steep, jungly hillsides is repaid in spades by the antics of somersaulting infants or the humbling bulk of a massive silverback.
She was drunk, of course, and short-sighted too, but at least she said I didn't smell obnoxiously jungly.
New England turned jungly, fungal, a grid of humidity.