flash mob


: a group of people summoned (as by email or text message) to a designated location at a specified time to perform an indicated action before dispersing

Examples of flash mob in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The flash mob shoplifting sprees obviously are concentrated in the retail sector, but wage theft can be perpetrated by any business, large or small. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Last week at Warner Bros., Latinas Acting Up lifted protesters’ spirits with a flash mob. Malia Mendez, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2023 Most recently, a Macy's store in the Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia saw a similar flash mob target a fragrance counter on Tuesday, according to the Pasadena Star News. James Powel, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2023 The Barbie film’s official Instagram account posted a video showing Gerwig getting surprised during what appears to be a Pilates class as a flash mob of Barbies and Kens pop into the room in honor of the filmmaker turning 40 on Friday. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Aug. 2023 Following a string of flash mob robberies of luxury goods stores around Los Angeles, Mayor Karen Bass on Thursday announced a new task force of local and federal agencies to target the crimes. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2023 Notable smash-and-grab and flash mob thefts Pitcher on Thursday listed some of the largest recent incidents: July 3: Four suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks stole $32,000 of merchandise from Bloomingdales in the Westfield Century City Shopping Center. Kcal-News Staff, CBS News, 17 Aug. 2023 Pro-Chinese online influence campaign promoted protests in Washington, researchers say Wright and his team produced a video of the flash mob protest, which the pro-Beijing group seemingly paid other Americans to promote on social media. Donie O'Sullivan, CNN, 26 July 2023 As a result, as soon as the first invites began to trickle out last week, Bluesky essentially drew a flash mob of Twitter users desperate for an easy-to-use alternative. Casey Newton, The Verge, 2 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

2003, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flash mob was in 2003

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“Flash mob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flash%20mob. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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