from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A difficult, tiring, often competitive activity or routine.

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  • noun idiomatic, singular only 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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  • noun an exhausting routine that leaves no time for relaxation


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

    May 21, 2008