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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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feeding frenzy

 
1. Lit. [of sharks] a vicious, competitive feeding attack on prey animals. One of the sharks was fatally bitten during a feeding frenzy amongst his own kind.
2. Fig. a vicious attack on someone or something. It wasn't an office argument, it was a feeding frenzy led by the head accountant!
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a feeding frenzy

a situation where people try to get as much information as possible about an event, or to make as much profit as they can from it, especially in an unpleasant way
Usage notes: If hungry animals have a feeding frenzy, they become very excited by the smell of food and fight each other to get a share of it.
Her sudden tragic death sparked off a feeding frenzy in the media.
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Wood, who has a history of alcohol dependence, stabbed father-of-two Mr DeLacy, a casino director with A&S Leisure, 28 times in a frenzied and violent attack in his flat after meeting him earlier in a pub, Leeds Crown Court heard yesterday.
After the frenzied voting died down, Jamie Davis, 22, offered this about the girl he's known for about 10 years.
Two drug addicts who clubbed and stabbed a disabled pensioner to death in a frenzied attack before setting the body on fire have been jailed for life.
It calls us to the summer sense that days matter--even the long and lazy days of summer, or even the heated stay-where-it's-cool days of summer, or even the frenzied holiday days of summer, or even the frustratingly routine days of summer when all the world seems on vacation and you, you alone remain behind to carry on.
It was clearly a very frenzied attack and I think we can say the culprit is likely to be someone who knew Kylee
They are brought back to earth after a frenzied first half.
I was used to reading a poem as a kind of academic exercise where my frenzied brain and eye sought to figure it all out.
Frenzied bidding wars among would-be tenants, common a year ago, are no more.
MALCOLM ANDERS was today found guilty of murdering his wife in a frenzied knife attack.
IN the good old days, when they were still called GCEs and I was still sitting them, our set Shakespeare play was Othello - the story of a man who became so frenzied by self-pity that he savagely murdered his wife and then killed himself.
Gnutella is a variation of the popular program called Napster, which has set off a frenzied exchange of free music online.
The firm's rock bottom stock price indicates that Wall Street is no longer willing to pay for the aggressive, frenzied acquisition strategy that catapulted CHS into the big leagues of PC distribution.
Does our frenzied gobbling of goods improve our health or happiness?
The appearance of hypocrisy may trigger frenzied behavior.
The result is five 30-second commercials featuring colliding hockey players, frenzied fans and, occasionally, dead fish being tossed onto the ice.