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Meaning of rat race

rat' race"

Pronunciation: [key]
— Informal. Informal.
  1. any exhausting, unremitting, and usually competitive activity or routine, esp. a pressured urban working life spent trying to get ahead with little time left for leisure, contemplation, etc.
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