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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!
See also: feed, frenzy

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.
See also: feed, frenzy