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rat race

noun as in competition in life

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Example Sentences

For a long time, burnout was seen as the worker’s problem—something they needed to fix with self-care and yoga and sleep if they were going to make it in the rat race of life.

From Time

Some young people are also adopting passive forms of resistance to what increasingly seems like an unwinnable rat race, such as the “lying flat” philosophy, essentially opting out and doing the bare minimum.

From Quartz

This strip of sand, home to a smattering of cabins and shacks, is the perfect spot for those easing their way back into the rat race of modern life.

From Ozy

It just felt like a rat race in these classes to memorize these procedures, these formulas.

Once they traded away Harden, Houston withdrew from that rat race.

The Daily Pic: James Nares slows Manhattan's rat race to a snail's pace.

To stay, and attempt to make the cartel rat-race over, sweetly and rationally so that no one would be hurt?

They suffered the ever-present agitation of envy, the constant comparison to one's superiors, the plagued rat race.

But under torment of insomnia the many selves of the mind may abandon the congress of reason and start a rat-race.


On this page you'll find 20 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to rat race, such as: battle of life, daily grind, hamster cage, survival of the fittest, treadmill, and vicious circle.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.