feeding frenzy

noun
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

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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 For somebody who had to flee New York City to protect her young children from the tabloid feeding frenzy sparked by her husband’s infidelity, Trump is remarkably loyal to her ex-husband, too. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Interview: Ivana Trump Has Her Say," 6 Oct. 2017 Even the Knoxville Police Department contributed their most handsome public servants to the social media feeding frenzy on Wednesday. Southern Living, "Hot Cops in Viral Hurricane Irma Photo Plan to Release Hunky Police Calendar," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of feeding frenzy

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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feeding frenzy

noun

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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