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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.
(Definition of it's every man for himself from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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