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rat race

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rat racenoun

    an exhausting routine that leaves no time for relaxation


  1. rat racenoun

    An activity or situation which is congested with participants and which is hectic or tedious, especially in the context of a busy, modern urban lifestyle.


  1. Rat Race

    Rat Race is a single by British rock band Enter Shikari. The song was first played on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio One show on the evening of 31 October 2013. The single was released with a remix of the song Radiate by Enter Shikari's alter ego Shikari Sound System. The band also released an EP, which compiled the two previous singles "The Paddington Frisk" and "Radiate". The "Rat Race" single peaked at #77 on the UK Singles Chart on 16 November 2013.


  1. rat race

    A rat race is a term used to describe a frustrating, hard-to-win, and competitive pursuit. It generally refers to a lifestyle characterized by working long hours on repetitive tasks in pursuit of career advancement, wealth, or personal success, which is often associated with stress and lack of fulfillment.


  1. Rat race

    A rat race is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. It conjures up the image of the futile efforts of a lab rat trying to escape while running around a maze or in a wheel.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rat race in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rat race in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of rat race in a Sentence

  1. Abdullahi Boru Halakhe:

    Their experiences with racism are limited – especially on a personal level, additionally, most arrive via school or work. As a result, they put their heads down and focus … Many are in the rat race to join the job market, or go back to their home countries. There is a gulf in knowledge and understanding, especially the nuances and personal experiences.

  2. Michael Tubbs:

    I think it will make people work better and smarter and harder and also be able to do things like spend time with their families because we're not robots. We're not just designed just to work all day and run a rat race.

  3. Paul Gruchow:

    It is one thing to decry the rat race...that is the good and honorable work of moralists. It is quite another thing to quit the rat race, to drop out, to refuse to run any further--that is the work of the individualist. It is offensive because it is impolite it makes the rebuke personal the individualist calls not his or her behavior into question, but mine.

  4. Lily Tomlin:

    The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.

  5. Eric Trump:

    When you're in this rat race for the presidential election, that's a very tough thing, he's set his life aside to do something he believes in. ... It's a very selfless act.

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