rat race

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - rat race

"rat race"

a fierce struggle for success usually in your career or in business


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - rat race

"rat race"

a dull, boring and repetitive situation;

a dull and unrewarding job


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - rat race

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Do you ever get tired of the endless drive for success at work?

Colleague 2:  Do you mean the long hours and constant vigilance regarding staying ahead of your colleagues?

Colleague 1:  Actually, I find the rat race exciting and fun.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - rat race

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I can't remember the last time I actually woke up in the morning and was excited to go to work.

Colleague 2:  The endless repetitive days of dullness and boredom are difficult to manage at times.

Colleague 1:  And I really haven't felt rewarded for a long time. Nothing ever seems to happen.

Colleague 2:  Perhaps it is time to think about getting out of our rat race jobs.

Sunday Fun Idiom

"rat race"

Sunday Fun Idiom - rat race

rat race - Usage:


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rat race - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for rat race.

rat race - Examples:

1)  I was a journalist in NYC, but left the rat race to live in Italy for a year with my husband.

2)  ... to invest in retirement accounts vs standard brokerage accounts should we decide to exit the rat race early and want to access the funds.

3)  This book really helped me stop the academic rat race and slow down to spend time in communion with God and my fellow man ...

4)  ... there a way out of this madness? Is there a way to escape the rat race?

5)  ... make myself feel like I can actually face the commute and the job when the rat race starts again Monday morning.

6)  Competing and striving for better status is what a rat race is all about. How wise is this way of living?

7)  A person who blindly involves himself in a rat race for success and achievement, is just living his conditioning.

8)  Escaping the rat race is the first step to sane living.

9)  I thought the song was about someone who decided to leave the rat race and just go away somewhere to lead a quiet life.

10)  ... and to be honest, I liked the idea of taking yourself out of the rat race, to try to find something more meaningful.

11)  They don't like to live by the predictable patterns of the 9-5 rat race.

12)  ... just not having to wake up at a certain time every day stuck in the rat race, you will not win if you let your emotions drive you.

13)  I think it's hard when you're trying to survive in the rat race to keep your values and goals in the forefront of your mind.

14)  There will be a rat race to perfect the technology, software for developers and a bustling secondary market for ...

15)  ... have not been informed of the simple fact that as we go deeper into the rat race we ultimately become the things that are acquired, owned, and consumed.

16)  One of the big things that I don't miss since I retired from the rat race is meetings. How many times have you sat in a long meeting that ...

17)  Most of us are stuck in the rat race with "other" plans in life that seem almost impossible to achieve.

18)  I started working lots of overtime, skipping lunches, you know the rat race motto!

19)  Instead of scrambling back into the rat race and trying to find another job behind a desk, I decided to focus ...

20)  He was beat. He had been in the rat race a long time, and it takes its toll. He had enough.