Survival of the fittest

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"to be survival of the fittest"

Meaning: the rule of nature that says that the animals and plants that are better suited for their environment will live and produce other animals and plants while the weaker or less suited animal and plants will die

Similar Expressions
  • It is survival of the fittest.
  • Only the strong can survive.
  • It is very competitive.
When do we use it?

The idea of "survival of the fittest" comes from Charles Darwin. It was originally used to talk about people, plants, and animals in nature. However, these days we often use this expression to talk about competition between people or businesses.

We can use this expression any time we want to show that something is competitive and only the good, strong, and talented will succeed. The weaker businesses or people will fail.

How do we use it?

This expression is often used in a simple sentence to describe a situation that is competitive.
  • This industry is highly competitive these days. It is survival of the fittest.
  • It is hard to pass the interview process for this company. It is like survival of the fittest.
  • Survival of the fittest is a concept that can be applied to business very easily.
Example English Conversations

A) How do you like being a salesman?
B) It is okay. I like the competition. It makes the job exciting and interesting, but sometimes it is stressful.
A) What do you mean?
B) It is like survival of the fittest. If you do not do a good job, then you can't survive. They will fire you quickly.

A) When I was young, school was survival of the fittest. However, these days, they protect children too much. I think it makes the kids weak.
B) I kind of agree with you. Kids these days are softer than we used to be.
A) Right!

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