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 Without Griffin's contract on the books, the Pistons also would have been able to get into last summer’s free agency-feeding frenzy if need be, with the contracts of Chandler and Muscala expiring. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons: Solving the greatest 'What ifs' of the 2010s," 30 Dec. 2019 Shark safety researcher Christopher Neff suggests avoiding swimming during or after storms, which can make the water cloudy and churn up the bait fish that lead to shark feeding frenzies. Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic, "Shark attacks: After recent bites, your questions answered," 17 June 2019 See above for photos of the wreckfish eating the shark as well as images of the shark feeding frenzy. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Watch this fish eat an entire shark in rare moment captured by NOAA Okeanos Explorer," 18 July 2019 One of the highlights was a shark feeding frenzy found during a nearly 1,500-foot dive 80 miles off the coast of South Carolina on June 28. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Video captures deep-sea fish swallowing a shark," 8 July 2019 No television cameras or reporters were allowed in the room during the meeting, unlike the bevy of cameras and the paparazzi feeding frenzy Harry and Meghan were likely greeted with upon en route to and upon arrival at Prince Charles' event. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Harry & Meghan's First Appearance as Newlyweds Compares to William & Catherine's," 22 May 2018 Yesterday, the White House press briefing turned into a total feeding frenzy on spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Fox News, "Nunes: Documents about Flynn show Comey has been lying," 4 May 2018 Minority aldermen remain concerned black and Latino residents will get short shrift in the contractor feeding frenzy at O’Hare. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "Aldermen approve major parts of Emanuel's O'Hare overhaul project," 28 Mar. 2018 Well, the world as defined by the tabloid feeding frenzy that followed anyway. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New movies: 'I, Tonya' and 'Insidious: The Last Key'," 4 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of feeding frenzy

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Feeding frenzy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeding%20frenzy. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of feeding frenzy

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

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