Definition of feeding frenzy in English:

feeding frenzy


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This seemed to trigger the sharks into a feeding frenzy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each herbivore entrapment probably triggered a feeding frenzy that resulted in up to a dozen predators being trapped as well, says Van Valkenburgh.’
    1. 1.1An episode of frantic competition or rivalry for something.
      ‘the remark caused a media feeding frenzy’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The media feeding frenzy will, indeed, be massive.’


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