feeding frenzy

plural feeding frenzies

Definition of feeding frenzy

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

sharks in a feeding frenzy
Recent Examples on the Web In the new set of episodes, Diana has swapped the lavish fancy dress parties and aristocratic artistic pursuits that previously led to a tabloid feeding frenzy (and the Bright Young Things moniker) for something sinister. Emma Fraser, Town & Country, 11 June 2022 One piece of intellectual property inspires a feeding frenzy of podcast, documentary, and miniseries offshoots. The New Yorker, 4 June 2022 Swamp People Joey and Zak try to take full advantage of the full-moon feeding frenzy, while Daniel seeks revenge on Luna Bull. Matt Cooperlistings Coordinator, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Those quotas, and the increasing popularity of non-US shows, in Europe and worldwide, has help drive a feeding frenzy for international talent and resulted in high-profile buyouts and corporate consolidation. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Apr. 2022 In Sussmann's view, the right-wing feeding frenzy was no accident. Marshall Cohen, CNN, 16 Feb. 2022 Miami show, the boating feeding frenzy shows no signs of slowing down. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 21 Feb. 2022 Jeremy Grantham is not the only high-profile investor to warn that easy money has set off an unsustainable feeding frenzy. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 24 Jan. 2022 But right now, the status quo is akin to a land grab, with agents and reps focused on the feeding frenzy the table offers upfront right now. Angus Finney, Variety, 15 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of feeding frenzy

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jun 2022

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“Feeding frenzy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeding%20frenzy. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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