law of the jungle


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law of the jungle

n
a state of ruthless competition or self-interest
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"He has no right!" Father Wolf began angrily--"By the Law of the Jungle he has no right to change his quarters without due warning.
The Law of the Jungle, which never orders anything without a reason, forbids every beast to eat Man except when he is killing to show his children how to kill, and then he must hunt outside the hunting grounds of his pack or tribe.
The Law of the Jungle lays down very clearly that any wolf may, when he marries, withdraw from the Pack he belongs to.
There was a chorus of deep growls, and a young wolf in his fourth year flung back Shere Khan's question to Akela: "What have the Free People to do with a man's cub?" Now, the Law of the Jungle lays down that if there is any dispute as to the right of a cub to be accepted by the Pack, he must be spoken for by at least two members of the Pack who are not his father and mother.
Then the only other creature who is allowed at the Pack Council--Baloo, the sleepy brown bear who teaches the wolf cubs the Law of the Jungle: old Baloo, who can come and go where he pleases because he eats only nuts and roots and honey--rose upon his hind quarters and grunted.
"O Akela, and ye the Free People," he purred, "I have no right in your assembly, but the Law of the Jungle says that if there is a doubt which is not a killing matter in regard to a new cub, the life of that cub may be bought at a price.
That is the Law of the Jungle." Mowgli obeyed faithfully.
I have obeyed the Law of the Jungle, and there is no wolf of ours from whose paws I have not pulled a thorn.
"What is the Law of the Jungle? Strike first and then give tongue.
For it is my right, by the Law of the Jungle, that ye come one by one."
By the Law of the Jungle it is death to kill at the drinking-places when once the Water Truce has been declared.
Now Tarzan felt no fear of Taug, nor did the unwritten law of the jungle demand that he should flee from battle with any male, unless he cared to from purely personal reasons.