from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • n. 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.

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  • n. an exhausting routine that leaves no time for relaxation


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  • While one who sings with his tongue on fire Gargles in the rat race choir Bent out of shape from society's pliers Cares not to come up any higher But rather get you down in the hole That he's in.



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  • The ruthless, competitive struggle for success in work, etc.

    May 21, 2008