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groups of people GROUP
- a large number of people in one place: crowd (with singular or plural verb)
A crowd was beginning to form outside the prison. ◎ The crowd were getting violent.
- a very large number of people: crowds (noun plural)
Crowds of people gathered along the roadside. ◎ Large crowds are expected for the football match tomorrow.
- a large crowd of people that may become violent and cause trouble: mob
There was an angry mob waiting outside as the prisoners left the court.
- a place which is full of people is crowded, (informal) packed
It was so crowded in there that I could hardly breathe. ◎ The bar was packed so we decided to go somewhere else.
- a place where there are too many people is overcrowded; a situation in which there are too many people: overcrowding (noun U)
an overcrowded train/prison/bar ◎ Overcrowding is a serious problem in some of the poorer areas of the city.
- a large number of people in a small space: crush, squash, squeeze
There was a terrible crush in the lift. ◎ I know it's a bit of a squash but I'm sure you can fit in one more person.
- to put a large number of people in a small place: pack/squash/squeeze sb into, onto, etc sth
They tried to squash as many people as possible onto the bus.
※ how a crowd forms
- to come together as a group of people: gather, mass
A large crowd gathered near the place where the accident happened. ◎ Huge numbers of people massed in the central square.
- to form a crowd around a person or thing: crowd round (sb/sth)
The children crowded round their teacher to hear the results of the competition.
- when people from a crowd begin to move away in different directions, the crowd disperses
※ how a crowd moves
- a large crowd of moving people: stream of people
Streams of people were coming out of the tube station.
- to go into a place and make it very full: crowd into sth
About fifty people crowded into the room to hear him speak.
- when a large number of people come out of a place all at the same time, they pour out (of it)
The children poured out of the school gates at 3 o'clock.
- to use force to move or try to move sb: push sb (back, away, etc), push (sb), shove (sb)
The police tried to push back the crowd. ◎ Fans in the queue were pushing and shoving as they waited to be let in.
- to try to move through a crowd: push your way through (sth)
We'll have to try and push our way through to the front or we won't see anything.
- to move people as if they were animals: herd sb into, onto, etc sth
The prisoners were herded into lorries and taken away.
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