Definition of feeding frenzy in English:

feeding frenzy


  • 1An aggressive and competitive group attack on prey by a number of sharks or piranhas.

    • ‘Each herbivore entrapment probably triggered a feeding frenzy that resulted in up to a dozen predators being trapped as well, says Van Valkenburgh.’
    • ‘In September, the crevices in the wall are crammed with hundreds of mating pairs of velvet swimming crabs, exciting swarms of fish into a feeding frenzy.’
    • ‘He tells us how he literally swam with sharks during a feeding frenzy.’
    • ‘Showing the press an underwater videotape, Jeng said that in periods of calm water, they observed thousands of crabs swarm out in a feeding frenzy on the sea floor over an area of a few square meters.’
    • ‘Years later, I found myself swimming backwards through the water while Stuart induced a feeding frenzy of Caribbean reef sharks by free-baiting the water with tuna meat along my path.’
    • ‘This seemed to trigger the sharks into a feeding frenzy.’
    • ‘But to start cutting would have the same effect as a rupture, it would immediately trigger a feeding frenzy in the other scavengers, and the smells of blood and meat might draw more of them.’
    • ‘I have seen sharks in a feeding frenzy, turtles fighting and shoals of fish so large that they blocked out the light from the surface, but this spectacle beat them all.’
    1. 1.1 An episode of frantic competition or rivalry for something.
      ‘the remark caused a media feeding frenzy’
      • ‘The media feeding frenzy will, indeed, be massive.’
      • ‘He knows a coordinated feeding frenzy of epic proportions has just begun.’
      • ‘Recent shark attacks in Florida have sparked the now customary feeding frenzy in the media.’
      • ‘There was no feeding frenzy, no gnashing of teeth.’
      • ‘Such an arrest would not normally arouse the media feeding frenzy that ensued.’


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