- 1A large crowd of people, especially one that is disorderly and intent on causing trouble or violence: a mob of protestersMore example sentences
- I feared trouble because the mob was growing restless and violent.
- Authorities clamped down on new curfews and brought in the army to quell the violence, but angry mobs have been turning on those trying to keep the peace.
- Instead, a voice-over quoting from telegraph reports briefly mentions some of the mob's racist violence.
- 1.1 (usually the Mob) North American The Mafia or a similar criminal organization.More example sentences
- Ruby was a strip club owner, and was said to have connections with the Mob.
- The agency also has been accused of funding con artists and companies linked to the Mob.
- And though Barry has been one of the Mob's more dependable components, he is as capable of playing as wildly, as out of control, as the rest of them.
- 1.2 (the mob) The ordinary people: the age-old fear that the mob may organize to destroy the last vestiges of civilized lifeMore example sentences
- Fear of the mob has always been uppermost in the gentry's minds.
- Unfortunately, the mob was more organized that they expected as freshly reloaded guns began to fire at them.
- They did it because they had a justified fear of the mob.
verb (mobs, mobbing, mobbed)[with object] Back to top
- 1Crowd around (someone) in an unruly and excitable way in order to admire or attack them: he was mobbed by autograph huntersMore example sentences
- His focus was on the furniture but he hardly got a chance to look at the stuff on display as ecstatic fans practically mobbed him for autographs.
- Nearby, a crowd mobbed a man on a pay phone, screaming at him to get off the phone so that they could call relatives.
- Even before she got out of the airport, she was literally mobbed by the crowd, which included airport staff.
- 1.1(Of a group of birds or mammals) surround and attack (a predator or other source of threat) in order to drive it off.More example sentences
- Swifts will often mob aerial predators such as raptors if they approach a flock.
- Adult terns come over to mob the predator while the chicks take cover in the high grass or in their nests.
- They will also mob predators in flight, gathering into tight flocks and dive-bombing a hawk or other predator.
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- I tried to walk at different paces to the mobbers around me so I wasn't saying hello to the same people all the time.
- More impressive than the successful planning and timing, though, was the number of participants: there must have been three hundred mobbers present.
- One of the mobbers stumbled in front of the Ford.
late 17th century: abbreviation of archaic mobile, short for Latin mobile vulgus 'excitable crowd'.