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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: mobile vulgus 'excitable crowd', from mobilis; MOBILE1

mob

1 noun
     
mob1 [countable]
1 a large noisy crowd, especially one that is angry and violent
mob of
a mob of a few hundred demonstrators
They were immediately surrounded by the mob.
The leadership had been criticized for giving in to mob rule (=when a mob controls the situation rather than the government or the law).
2 informal a group of people of the same type [= gang]
mob of
The usual mob of teenagers were standing on the corner.
the heavy mob British English (=group of strong violent men)
What happens if they send the heavy mob round to find him?
3

the Mob

SCC the mafia (=a powerful organization of criminals)
4

the mob

old useSS an insulting expression meaning all the poorest and least educated people in society
5

mob of sheep/cattle

Australian EnglishTA a large group of sheep or cattle

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