law of the jungle


1. the principle that might is right; allowing superior strength, viciousness and cunning to be the arbiters of who shall survive, as animals do in the jungle.
2. the same principle applied to the activities of humans as among a group of unprincipled mercenaries, of unscrupulous businesspeople operating under laissez-faire capitalism, etc.
Also, jungle law.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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