Definition of dog eat dog in English:

dog eat dog


  • Used to refer to a situation of fierce competition in which people are willing to harm each other in order to succeed.

    ‘New York is a dog-eat-dog society’
    • ‘So there's a harsh side to the real world of competition; where competition's fierce, it can be dog eat dog.’
    • ‘‘It's very quiet, the standard is unbelievably high and it's dog eat dog,’ says Maguire.’
    • ‘It's a dog eat dog situation even in the law enforcers' world.’
    • ‘It's dog eat dog in this division, as we've already seen.’
    • ‘They say that in the corporate world it's dog eat dog.’
    • ‘It's dog eat dog, the wonder of free market capitalism in its purest form.’
    • ‘It was a dog eat dog world, where everything was a competition.’
    • ‘Labor was effective when it employed direct action against the capitalists, posed a principled and inspirational solidarity movement against the dog eat dog values of the obscenely rich.’
    • ‘‘It's the most dog eat dog market there is,’ he acknowledges.’
    • ‘It's a dog eat dog world out there and the young need the best qualifications they can get.’
    merciless, pitiless, cruel, heartless, hard-hearted, hard, stony-hearted, stony, with a heart of stone, cold-blooded, cold-hearted, harsh, callous, severe, unmerciful, unrelenting, unsparing, unforgiving, unfeeling, uncaring, unsympathetic, uncharitable, lacking compassion