Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

run with the pack

run with the pack
Meaning(s)
1) follow what everyone else is doing
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • go your own way rather than running with the pack
  • Analysis

    When we think of a 'pack' we think of a collective group of animals such as dogs or wolves. To 'run with the pack' therefore relates to doing the same as everyone else. this expression is similar in meaning to 'go with the flow' or 'go with the status quo'.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Bill's mother was worried that he was more interested in running with the pack than taking the time to figure out what he really wanted from life.
    2. If you don't know what to do just run with the pack until you figure it out.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I don't want us to just run with the pack on this one. I'd like us to create a product that is totally different and unique.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Some think that running with the pack is the way to get ahead in an office environment. In fact, it can distract you from pursuing your personal goals and slow your progress through the ranks.
    2. I have always stood out on my own as a business owner rather than run with the pack.
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