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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Adjective Phrase 16. The Adjective Phrase

  • today is dog-eat-dog. Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. If something is

  • dog-eat-dog, it means that it is a ruthless competition. So some competition, it

  • could be sports competition, it could be business competition, it could be

  • competition in politics. But it's usually some sort of competition between you

  • know, individuals or groups of people. We mean that someone is willing to do

  • almost anything to succeed even if it hurts or harms others. Okay.

  • The phrase alludes to the idea that the fierce struggle and competition between

  • people could turn them into animals. So people may start acting like

  • animals. So that's what the idea of dog-eat-dog is. When we say that it's a

  • dog-eat-dog world, a lot of times we use world with dog-eat-dog but it could use

  • other nouns too, it suggests that the idea ... it's just the idea that either you

  • eat others or you get eaten. So it's like you have no choice. Even if you don't

  • want to. If you don't eat them they're going to eat you. So it's a dog-eat-dog

  • world or a dog-eat-dog situation. Okay. You know, eat others you get .... relating to

  • Darwin's idea of survival of the fittest. So that's kind of where the idea of this

  • phrase comes from. All right. Let's look at a couple of examples we have here.

  • Example number one. Somebody might say, are you sure you really want to go into

  • politics ? Maybe this is a young person they say they want to get in to politics

  • and maybe this is a person that knows a lot about people that are in politics.

  • It's a dog-eat-dog world, in Washington. Many people in politics play dirty in

  • order to survive and you may find yourself in the same position. So if you

  • go there you, they'll ...either you may become corrupted or maybe you'll just not

  • succeed. That's what they mean by that. All right.

  • Number two. Number two has both an A and a B part. It's hard to believe that

  • the Olympic skater Tonya Harding. Yeah. This is all the way back in 1994. Tonya,

  • this was a famous story made all the main news the Tonya Harding had her

  • ex-husband hire an attacker to hit the other American skater Nancy Kerrigan in

  • the leg. Yeah. I don't know if it was ever officially established that that

  • Tonya Harding, you know, was involved in it. Because if she was involved in it,

  • really she should have been disqualified and she did go on to the Olympics. But I

  • do remember that she had to appear in court about this. And yeah they hit Nancy

  • Kerrigan in the leg. I don't know. So she could be more in the spotlight. I

  • don't know maybe. Tonya Harding wanted to be the only main Olympian or maybe she

  • thought Nancy Kerrigan was her competition. If she was number one maybe

  • she could make more money get more sponsors or whatever. But she was willing

  • to go this far. You know, she might have been involved in this. So all right. Let's

  • continue. They were both ... yeah. So here they want

  • to say they were both American you would think they should be like cheering for

  • each other or rooting for each other. That you know they would want each other

  • to do well. You know it should be for the country sort of idea. And then of course

  • B says well what can you say, it's a dog-eat-dog competition or it's a

  • dog-eat-dog world. That's the way they would probably refer to something like

  • that. Anyway, I hope you got it . I hope it's clear. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Adjective Phrase 16. The Adjective Phrase


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