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mob

 (mŏb)
n.
1. A large and often disorderly crowd. See Synonyms at crowd1.
2. The mass of common people; the populace.
3. often Mob Informal A criminal organization, especially the Mafia operating in the United States.
4. An indiscriminate or loosely associated group of things: a mob of boats in the harbor.
5. Australian A flock or herd of animals.
tr.v. mobbed, mob·bing, mobs
1. To crowd around and jostle or annoy, especially in anger or excessive enthusiasm: Eager fans mobbed the popular singer.
2. To crowd into: Visitors mobbed the fairgrounds.

[Short for mobile, from Latin mōbile (vulgus), fickle (crowd), neuter of mōbilis; see mobile.]

mob′bish adj.
mob′bish·ly adv.

MOB

abbr.
mother of the bride

mobs

(mɒbz)
pl n
(usually foll by of) great numbers or quantities; lots: mobs of people.
adv
Austral and NZ a great deal: mobs better.
References in classic literature ?
They drank at the tanks and made the water all muddy, and then they fought over it, and then they would all rush together in mobs and shout: "There is no one in the jungle so wise and good and clever and strong and gentle as the Bandar-log.
IN the early morning (it was the second morning after my recovery, and I believe the fourth after I was picked up), I awoke through an avenue of tumultuous dreams,--dreams of guns and howling mobs,--and became sensible of a hoarse shouting above me.
Several ministers were scattered among the crowd, which, unlike all other mobs, regarded them with such reverence, as if there were sanctity in their very garments.
Our Boston mobs are satisfied with what mischief they have already done.
The inner guards went down beneath howling mobs, and the cages vomited forth their inmates hot with the lust to kill.
The mobs used to riot there, but they must seek another rallying-place in future.
All men avail themselves of such means as they can, to add this extraordinary power to their normal powers; and to this end they prize conversation, music, pictures, sculpture, dancing, theatres, travelling, war, mobs, fires, gaming, politics, or love, or science, or animal intoxication,--which are several coarser or finer quasi-mechanical substitutes for the true nectar, which is the ravishment of the intellect by coming nearer to the fact.
But contrary to what had always happened in their former battles, instead of the news they expected of the enemy's flight, these orderly masses returned thence as disorganized and terrified mobs.
The Black Hundreds were reactionary mobs organized by the perishing Autocracy in the Russian Revolution.
Assemblies of well-dressed mobs meet at each other's houses, tear each other's clothes, tread on each other's toes.
In short, we cleared a way through all these mobs of nations; for wherever the Emperor appeared, we made a passage for him; for on the land as on the sea, whenever he said, 'I wish to go forward,' we made the way.
But they will continue to go to other cities and attract mobs, and hire voices fair and loud and persuasive, and draw the cities over to tyrannies and democracies.