American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Ruthlessly acquisitive or competitive: a dog-eat-dog society.
- adj. harsh and ruthless
“Behold Cooper, the five-year-old American Shorthair photographer-puss of Seattle who's single-paw-edly proving that it is, indeed, possible for a cool cat to rise to the top in the dog-eat-dog art world.”
“Despite warnings by prescient Republican presidents like Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, the American system has morphed quite predictably into a dog-eat-dog economic Darwinism, and the big canines have rigged the game in their favor.”
“Given the prevailing business model of copyright/royalties, and the war chests that publishers pride themselves in accumulating in the dog-eat-dog world of publish-to-parish marketing, one can see why this product had no place: no one benefits from it except Catholic people and the Catholic liturgy generally.”
“If you look back to the dog-eat-dog past of 100 years ago to the G2 today, has this change come about because those foreigners enlightened themselves morally out of racism?”
“The rest is merely what you do to get by in a harsh, dog-eat-dog world.”
“Africa's contemporary leaders, or more appropriately, hyenas in designer suits and uniforms, have made Africans strangers to each other and rendered Africa a "dog-eat-dog" continent.”
“To eliminate social programs, consolidate the wealth of our country in the hands of the top 1%, and create a dog-eat-dog society where only those with money and power enjoy prosperity – and to hell with the rest of us.”
“And then revolutions, of the industrial and political kind, undermined such sentiments because they were useless to their aims, and the work ethic transmuted into capitalism, with its dog-eat-dog competitiveness.”
“Richard Morgan made his name with "Altered Carbon" 2002 and its sequels—grim sci-fi set in a 26th-century world of dog-eat-dog capitalism.”
“And my hunch is that the Japanese will, by and large, work together -- something of a contrast to the polarization and bickering and dog-eat-dog model of politics now on display from Wisconsin to Washington.”
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