The fact that many have sounded similar themes does not mean that they are acting together as a mob.
The mob flipped over a news van, tore down two lampposts, and threw rocks and cans; police responded with riot gear and tear gas.
But during the tumult, six American consular officials managed to slip by the Iranian mob.
A mob of photographers swarmed around them as they made their way to a waiting vehicle.
The patrons repaid the mob by buying cheap liquor at premium prices, along with bootleg cigarettes and sometimes drugs.
The mob of London were less compassionate than the sailors had been.
If they rode down in a mob the boy would no doubt surrender.
Bulls, of which we have now two, are sometimes with one mob and sometimes with another.
I don't want just to be one of a mob of fairly good writers.
This gold must not find its way into the pockets of the mob.
1680s, "disorderly part of the population, rabble," slang shortening of mobile, mobility "common people, populace, rabble" (1670s, probably with a conscious play on nobility), from Latin mobile vulgus "fickle common people" (the phrase attested c.1600 in English), from mobile, neuter of mobilis "fickle, movable, mobile" (see mobile (adj.)). In Australia and New Zealand, used without disparagement for "a crowd." Meaning "gang of criminals working together" is from 1839, originally of thieves or pick-pockets; American English sense of "organized crime in general" is from 1927.
The Mob was not a synonym for the Mafia. It was an alliance of Jews, Italians, and a few Irishmen, some of them brilliant, who organized the supply, and often the production, of liquor during the thirteen years, ten months, and nineteen days of Prohibition. ... Their alliance -- sometimes called the Combination but never the Mafia -- was part of the urgent process of Americanizing crime. [Pete Hamill, "Why Sinatra Matters," 1998]Mob scene "crowded place" first recorded 1922.
"to attack in a mob," 1709, from mob (n.). Meaning "to form into a mob" is from 1711. Related: Mobbed; mobbing.
: mob infiltration/ a mob boss
Organized crime; the Mafia; the syndicate: I heard it's controlled by the mob (1927+)