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heavy mob

A large group of people, especially one inclined toward violence or unrest. As the demonstration began, a heavy mob of masked men fell upon us and began assaulting anyone carrying a protest sign.
See also: heavy, mob

the ˈheavy mob/brigade

(British English, informal) a group of strong, often violent people employed to do something such as protect somebody: I had to laugh when he turned up at the meeting with his heavy mob, as if he was a mafia boss or something.
See also: brigade, heavy, mob

mob

(mɑb)
n. the crime syndicate. (Underworld and journalistic.) One of the biggest fish in the mob was pulled from the river yesterday.
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The subjective measure permitted knowing how many participants felt mobbed, based on the victims' perception of the subject, and what people were involved in the violence.
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Factors that might increase one's risk of being mobbed include having a different ethnicity, an 'odd' personality, or high achievement