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rat race

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

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


n.
an exhausting and usu. competitive routine activity.
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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
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Translations
honba za úspěchem
rotteræs
patkányok versenyfutása
lífsgæîakapphlaup
honba za úspechom/kariérou
kör döğüşükoşuşturma

rat race

n (pej) → corsa al successo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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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