the action of followers who join a hostile group in harshly criticizing or judging a less dominant group or individual, sometimes gloating over that group’s or person's defeat or diminished standing (often used attributively): Long after the merciless baiting ceased to be funny, her critics continued to join the pile-on.Social media encourages a kind of pile-on mentality that is very unforgiving of mistakes and flaws.
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How to use pile-on in a sentence
And yet the social media pile-on against Champion was swift.Is This The Most Hated Man in Books?: Twitter vs. Edward Champion | Brandy Zadrozny | September 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The media pile-on will change the way voters look at the debate, as happened after Gore's eye-rolling performance in 2000.Why President Obama, Despite Scoring Points, Fell Flat in the Denver Debate | Howard Kurtz | October 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The pile-on against this 17-year-old boy is pretty ugly, but I suppose unsurprising.
The risk in the pile-on is that a real doozie will get missed, lost in the daily torrent.