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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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.
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.
It had a feeling about it suggestive of a feral swarm, a feeding frenzy that somehow overwhelmed the thing it supposedly was about, this "art" thing that in Manhattan had always been neighborhood specific or even bar specific - I mean Cedar Tavern specific, or Max's Kansas City specific, or SoHo specific; an element of contrivance had slipped in, something "simulacral," to use a word very popular at the time.
The black hole embarks on a feeding frenzy, sucking in the new material.
People kept joining in - it was like a feeding frenzy.
Essentially, college campuses are a feeding frenzy for the tobacco industry,'' she said.
As the concentration of Gotta Bite increased, the fish flew into a feeding frenzy -- champing at the water, gobbling up and spitting out small rocks, and snapping at the glass walls of the aquarium.
World Series batters who step up to the plate and knock one out of the park will have the chance to create a feeding frenzy across the country.