feeding frenzy

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of feeding frenzy

plural feeding frenzies
1 : a frenzy of eating : a wildly aggressive attack of prey by an animal or group of animals
  • sharks in a feeding frenzy
  • Chemoreception seems to be highly developed in this snake and the smell of prey is sufficient to initiate a feeding frenzy.
  • —Douglas Cable et al.
2 : an intensely and often wildly competitive and aggressive human activity likened to frenzied feeding by predatory animals
  • They do not relish the journalistic feeding frenzy that will greet the senator's likely appearance on the witness stand.
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • Most of the Westerners who attended the heavily hyped sale knew very little about Soviet art — or the Soviet Union for that matter — but were whipped into a feeding frenzy by the historic excitement of the moment.
  • —Harlow Robinson

Examples of feeding frenzy in a Sentence

  1. sharks in a feeding frenzy

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First Known Use of feeding frenzy

1941


FEEDING FRENZY Defined for English Language Learners

feeding frenzy

noun

Definition of feeding frenzy for English Language Learners

  • : a state of wild activity in which the animals in a group are all trying to eat something


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