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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MOB

If they rode down in a mob the boy would no doubt surrender.

The mob of London were less compassionate than the sailors had been.

In like manner did the mob fashion lords and princes, each in its own image.

I've heard these highbrow chaps talking about the Mob and the Tasteful Few.

I don't want just to be one of a mob of fairly good writers.

"We will not give him up to a Spanish priest," shouted the mob.

Indeed, once when they passed a square, a priest in the mob cried out, "Kill them!"

We could look for no response but laughs of derision or the missiles of a mob.

He has not sufficient finesse and sensitiveness to sympathize with the mob.

Elijah Lovejoy, an Illinois abolition editor, was killed by a mob.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

Mob scene "crowded place" first recorded 1922.

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