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feeding frenzy

noun
1.
Slang. a ruthless attack on or exploitation of someone especially by the media.
Origin
1985-1990
1985-90
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  • 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.
  • The only encryption system that doesn't conjure up images of a lawyers' feeding frenzy is key escrow.
  • It's especially aggressive during its feeding frenzy.
  • It was a ten-second window that revealed so much before it closed into a hidden feeding frenzy.
  • Clearly, at times there's a feeding frenzy up there.
  • The biologists' goal is to catch a glimpse of the feeding frenzy.
  • The latter half of the film is one long feeding frenzy, guided by a familiar horror-film principle: survival of the best-looking.
British Dictionary definitions for feeding frenzy

feeding frenzy

noun
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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Slang definitions & phrases for feeding frenzy

feeding frenzy

noun phrase

A scene of frantic competition, unexampled greed, etc: First the feeding frenzy begins. We did the story for two days, then the media angle on the story, and then the legal angle

[1980s+; fr the phrase used to describe the behavior of sharks who smell blood, find meat, etc]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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