feeding frenzy

Slang. a ruthless attack on or exploitation of someone especially by the media.


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feeding frenzy
1.  a phenomenon in which aquatic predators, esp sharks, become so excited when eating that they attack each other
2.  a period of intense excitement over or interest in a person or thing: the media erupt into a feeding frenzy

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Example sentences
Instead, by throwing one guy over, you're going to create a shark feeding
  frenzy in the vicinity of your sinking boat.
The visitors crowd the small city's streets and generate a feeding frenzy among
  local businesses.
Once the realities of this hits the street it should create a feeding frenzy
  for the nuclear industry.
It would be fascinating to watch the feeding frenzy if it wasn't so important
  to help the people.
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