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English definition of “it's every man for himself”

it's every man for himself

something that you say that means that everyone in a particular situation is trying to do what is best for themselves and no one is trying to help anyone else: It might be a civilized place to shop at other times but come the January sales, it's every man for himself.Unhelpful and Uncooperative
(Definition of it's every man for himself from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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