Dog Eat Dog Idiom
Dog eat dog (idiom)
Try to guess the meaning of the idiom 'dog eat dog' by looking at the picture. It's not a pretty picture is it?
Dog eat dog: ruthless competition where people will do anything (even harm other people) to succeed at doing something.
Can you imagine a dog eating another dog to survive? Well, that would be a ruthless, cruel and a very extreme way to survive.
We often say the world is dog eat dog or say something is a dog eat dog world. Dog eat dog is therefore an adjective describing how difficult, mean and competitive something (e.g., the world) can be.
- I hated living in New York City because even riding the metro to work in the morning was dog eat dog if you wanted to get a seat.
- Are you sure you want to to go into the field of sales and marketing? It's such a dog eat dog profession.
- I only shop online during Black Friday sales—the shopping malls are dog eat dog and people even get killed!
- You might not believe it but you have to have a dog eat dog attitude to be successful in beauty pageants.
- Politics is a dog eat dog world.
- Actually my daughter loves working on Wall Street—she seems to thrive in a dog eat dog work environment.
- Trying to find parking in the city is dog eat dog—let's take the bus instead.
- I played football in both high school and college and it was rough but professional NFL football is a dog eat dog world.
- We played games at the baby shower and I couldn't believe it was so dog eat dog—everyone wanted to win the prizes.
- I never thought kindergarten could be a dog eat dog world but the parents of these kids are really aggressive.
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