flash mob

noun

Definition of flash mob

: a group of people summoned (as by e-mail 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 Glare at the successful flash mob dancing all the way at the front of the line. Allie Levitan, The New Yorker, "Twenty-Five Things to Do While You Wait in Line for Six Hours to Vote," 3 Nov. 2020 At the meeting where the purchase price of Zappos’s future headquarters was on the agenda, 200 Zapponians wearing bright blue T-shirts with faces of the mayor on them descended, flash mob style, into the council chambers with pom-poms. Aimee Groth, Quartz at Work, "The complexity and brilliance of Tony Hsieh: a personal appreciation," 30 Nov. 2020 The world’s slowest flash mob is unfolding in Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village this weekend — a mysterious guerrilla-style invasion that trades the shock of speed for the imperceptible stealth of the snail’s pace. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "In Flagler Village, the world’s slowest flash mob wants you," 28 Aug. 2020 Scream at everyone in line for not participating in aforementioned flash mob. Allie Levitan, The New Yorker, "Twenty-Five Things to Do While You Wait in Line for Six Hours to Vote," 3 Nov. 2020 With her own company, Gallim, Miller has done site-specific work, including a flash mob at Grand Central Terminal and a piece at the Temple of Dendur. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "How New York City Ballet Took On the Pandemic," 29 Oct. 2020 The front porch at the turn of the century was Starbucks, flash mob, church social and Facebook rolled into one. Spike Carlsen, WSJ, "The Forgotten Front Porch Is Making a Comeback," 26 Sep. 2020 The Angolan clip kicked off the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge across the continent and soon beyond from nuns and monks in France, to a bridal party in Zimbabwe, and a flash mob in Germany, spurring countless tutorials on YouTube and TikTok. Norma Young, Quartz Africa, "How South Africa’s “Jerusalema” became a pan-African hit, then a global dance favorite," 18 Sep. 2020 Michael Madfis organized the event with the irreverent spirit of a typical flash mob — those sudden, secretive group assemblies, part performance art, part social commentary, that take over public spaces. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "In Flagler Village, the world’s slowest flash mob wants you," 28 Aug. 2020

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2003, in the meaning defined above

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24 Dec 2020

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“Flash mob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flash%20mob. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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