Meaning of “the rat race” in the English Dictionary

"rat race" in American English

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rat racenoun [ C usually sing ]

us /ˈræt ˌreɪs/

a situation or way of life in which there is severe competition:

I love the city, but sometimes it’s a rat race.

(Definition of “rat race” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"the rat race" in Business English

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the rat racenoun [ S ]

uk us informal

a way of referring to the situation in modern society in which people compete with each other for money and power:

escape/get out of/quit the rat race A total of 66% of people questioned wanted to quit the rat race.

(Definition of “the rat race” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)