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The term is derived from a fictional company, Rentacrowd Ltd., mentioned in the Peter Simple (Michael Wharton) columns in the UK Daily Telegraph newspaper.
rent-a-crowd (plural rent-a-crowds)
- A group of people who are paid to attend an event to increase attendance figures, rather than attending of their own volition.
- Obituary: Michael Wharton, The Daily Telegraph, 24 January 2006.