feeding frenzy


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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

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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feeding frenzy

an episode of frantic competition or rivalry for something.
The term originally denoted literally an aggressive and competitive group attack on prey by a number of sharks or piranhas.
2000 Larry King Live (CNN) Haven't we learned today the way this story has unfolded…to guess that this was yet another successful Republican attempt to manipulate the political process and generate a media feeding frenzy which the media has again fallen for?
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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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feeding frenzy

Excited activity, usually around some focal point. The term alludes to the intense, excited feeding by sharks and other predators attracted to prey. Its figurative use dates from the late 1900s. It often has been used for the flocking of media around an event of great interest to the public, such as a notorious murder trial.
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"The Funding Feeding Frenzy presents tremendous opportunities, both for entrepreneurs and investors," said Bob Bock, one of the event's organizers.
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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.
While everyone else concentrated on the feeding frenzy in the lagoon, my eye was drawn to this spoonbill soaring past me, and for a single moment, we connected, eye-to-eye, through the camera lens.
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Wyland, best known for his aquatic paintings of creatures living under the sea, had been commissioned by Womack to create a large-scale painting of humpback whales for $128,000, ironically titled "Feeding Frenzy." (Wyland was stiffed out of half the cost by Womack.) Since Womack's arrest in 1999, it was decided that the ownership of Wyland's painting would be split among Wyland and the victims and then sold.
After all, the NASDAQ is a wonderful stock exchange, but is it so terribly wonderful that corporate decision makers, with an eye now to their personal liability in balance sheet matters, would never consider alternative venues, especially without some type of corresponding tort reform to prevent the trial lawyers from engaging in a feeding frenzy? Executives now talk of being inundated by 800-question government surveys tied to relatively routine decisions.
After a feeding frenzy, all the flavors we tasted were given a four-star rating and there was a rush to find a Safeway store nearby to replenish the supply.
Although the world's most effective predator, man, slaughters more than 100 million sharks each year, it was the seemingly sharp increase in shark reprisals during the summer of 2001 that set off a media feeding frenzy (see "Who's the Real Killer," Currents, November/December 1995).
The result: The widely predicted feeding frenzy of business and other interest groups seeking to include their special provisions in the tax bill didn't happen.
If you missed its first appearance, Survivor--the game show version of Lord of the Flies--relied on a mixture of greed and ambition to transform the cast of Gilligan's Island or Swiss Family Robinson into a gang of sharks on a feeding frenzy. Imagine Family Feud being played by the Medicis, or musical chairs among members of the politburo, and you get the general idea.
Now Sony is scrambling to produce 100,000 each week before Christmas, claiming the shortage is legit and not a marketing ploy to create a Tickle-Me-Elmo-style feeding frenzy for the holidays.