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For example a whole crowd of men surrounded and beat someone up.

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    Squad, gang, clan - take your pick. – silenceislife Jun 8 '16 at 11:42
  • Maybe a mob. – Thomas Francois Jun 8 '16 at 11:44
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    Bunch... BTW, what is your question? – user140086 Jun 8 '16 at 11:54
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    Are you sure you are looking for a verb and not a noun? – Thomas Francois Jun 8 '16 at 12:05
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I'd say mob is your best bet.

A mob surrounded him and beat him up.

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You could also use the word; horde.

A horde is a disparaging word for ‘a large group of people’, as in hordes of fans descended on the stage. Instances of hoard being used instead of horde are not uncommon: around a quarter of citations for hoard in the Oxford English Corpus are for the incorrect use.

Oxford Dictionary of English

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