Meaning of “it's every man for himself” in the English Dictionary

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"it's every man for himself" in British English

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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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)