rat race


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rat race

n. Informal
A difficult, tiring, often competitive activity or routine.

rat race

n
a continual routine of hectic competitive activity: working in the City is a real rat race.

rat′ race`


n.
an exhausting and usu. competitive routine activity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rat race - an exhausting routine that leaves no time for relaxationrat race - an exhausting routine that leaves no time for relaxation
modus operandi, routine - an unvarying or habitual method or procedure
Translations
honba za úspěchem
rotteræs
patkányok versenyfutása
lífsgæîakapphlaup
honba za úspechom/kariérou
kör döğüşükoşuşturma

rat race

n (pej) → corsa al successo

rat

(rat) noun
1. a small animal with a long tail, like a mouse but larger. The rats have eaten holes in those bags of flour.
2. an offensive word for an unpleasant and untrustworthy person.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈratted
1. to break an agreement, promise etc.
2. to betray one's friends, colleagues etc. The police know we're here. Someone must have ratted.
rat race
the fierce, unending competition for success etc.
smell a rat
to have a feeling that something is not as it should be; to have suspicions.
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The River Rat Race returned to Stockton's riverside, with more than 1,200 people from Teesside and across the Northeast taking part.
Organised by Rat Race Adventure Sports, The Wall saw participants complete a cross-country, multi-terrain ultra-marathon journey through 69 miles of Hadrian's Wall country between Carlisle Castle and Newcastle Gateshead Quayside.
Employees of Speedy Services, in Newton-le-Willows, went through fire, mud and freezing water in the Rat Race Dirty Weekend in Burghley.
Adventure sports company Rat Race will push 2500 competitors to their limits in the Borders' Tweed Valley on March 15 by laying on a 10k course involving steep climbs, water crossings, man-made obstacles and forest trails.
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That the one-sided rat race does not result in anything.
Man vs Mountain, organised by Rat Race and Outdoor Fitness, is a 20-mile run which sees entrants start from Caernarfon Castle, go all 1,085m up Snowdon before tackling an array of challenges at Dinorwig quarry, which organisers have called 'ruthless'.
Amid screams and cheers shouted from along the riverbanks and overhead bridges by well-wishers, 329 pairs of canoeists competed in the 50th annual Athol-Orange River Rat Race Saturday.
The friends from Bridgend are preparing to face a charity challenge that will see them tackle the biggest - and toughest - assault course in the world, the Full Mucker Rat Race.
A leading provider of fitness vacations and partner of Funjet Vacations, My Destination Wellness presents the Gym Rat Race as a way for gym-goers and those sticking to New Year's Resolutions to get tropical vacations during the winter months, while continuing their fitness agendas.
Are you a CPA who left the rat race to become a paramedic?
If you've lost your enthusiasm for the gym or are plodding instead of pounding the streets, it's time to get off the treadmill and join the Rat Race.