a feeding frenzy

feeding frenzy

1. A group attack on prey by predatory animals. All the children enjoy going to the aquarium to watch the feeding frenzy that occurs when the sharks are given food by the staff.
2. An intense competition by a group of people striving to get the same thing. The media feeding frenzy that occurred when the actress slipped and fell on the red carpet was an embarrassment for journalists everywhere.
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a feeding frenzy

COMMON A feeding frenzy is a situation in which a lot of people become very excited about an event and try to get as much information about it or get as much advantage from it as they can, often in an unpleasant way. What the couple hadn't expected in their relationship was the feeding frenzy of publicity that has followed their every move. The discovery caused a feeding frenzy among biologists, whose eyes lit up with visions of the Nobel Prizes to be had for claiming and naming new species. Note: This expression was first used to describe the behaviour of groups of sharks when there is blood in the water but not enough food for them all. In this situation the sharks will attack anything that they see, even each other.
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a ˈfeeding frenzy

(especially American English) a period of time during which somebody/something eats, spends, etc. a lot in a way that does not seem to be controlled: The news about their marriage started a media feeding frenzy, with all the newspapers trying to get photos and interviews.
A feeding frenzy is an occasion when a group of sharks or other fish attack and eat something.
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His habit was very proper for a merry-andrew, being a dirty calico, with hanging sleeves, tassels, and cuts and slashes almost on every side: it covered a taffety vest, so greasy as to testify that his honour must be a most exquisite sloven.
Female insects, which suck human blood, will be on a feeding frenzy before they start breeding in October.
Eoin McLennan-Murray told the Independent on Sunday: "It's like when you've got sharks and there's blood in the water and it's a feeding frenzy.
Images of Leon Deschamps reaching out and patting a deadly tiger shark in the middle of a feeding frenzy while sitting on the whale were taken, hoping they would bust "myths" about the sharks being blood-thirsty, man-eating monsters.
Other microscopic plankton, including the minute larvae of fish, shrimp and crabs, and the little copepods on which they feed, peak in abundance, kicking off a feeding frenzy up and down the food chain.
It's a feeding frenzy like you'd expect, the way people have swooped in,'' CSUN coach Jeff Kearin said.
The surplus flowing into Washington has turned into a feeding frenzy,'' said CAGW President Thomas Schatz, who called the report a good argument for a federal tax cut.
Entry is free but bring dimes for the fish-feed machines and create a feeding frenzy among the brood-stock brutes in the holding ponds.
The fish get into a feeding frenzy, they get aggressive and competitive,'' Niemiec said.
But the drama of the moment touched off a feeding frenzy among marketing people.
A feeding frenzy erupts during a brief stop at Kompong Chnang as vendors force their way into the boat hawking greasy chicken and grabbing bunches of banknotes from passengers.
Mr Quiterio said: "It was like a feeding frenzy and quickly got way out of control.
One could not escape the irony of such a discussion taking place in Dubai, still experiencing a feeding frenzy of international consultants of all kinds as construction continues to boom.
Bankruptcy is intended to prevent a feeding frenzy by creditors, maximize value of bankrupt debtors' limited assets and ensure that creditors' claims are paid in an orderly and fair manner.
He said: "The relatively short breaks combined with high demand are creating a feeding frenzy for holiday companies.