amuck

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj amuck frenzied as if possessed by a demon "the soldier was completely amuck","berserk with grief","a berserk worker smashing windows"
    • adv amuck in a murderous frenzy "rioters running amuck and throwing sticks and bottles and stones"
    • adv amuck wildly; without self-control "when the restaurant caught fire the patrons ran amuck, blocking the exit"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a. & adv Amuck ȧ*mŭk" In a frenzied and reckless manner. "Satire's my weapon, but I'm too discreet
      To run amuck , and tilt at all I meet."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • amuck Literally, in a state of murderous frenzy; indiscriminately slaughtering or killing: a term used in the Eastern Archipelago. In English formerly as a noun, but now only as an adjective or quasi-adverb in the phrase to run amuck. Also written amock, amok.
    • amuck Hence — To proceed in a blind, headstrong manner, careless of consequences, which are most likely to be disastrous.
    • amuck [Sometimes written in two words, and treated as a noun with the indefinite article.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Amuck a-muk′ madly: in murderous frenzy—hardly ever used save in the phrase 'to run amuck.'
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Malay amoq, furious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Malay, amoq, intoxicated or excited to madness.

Usage

In literature:

Petty tyrants in their homes and bloody savages, I'll bet, if they run amuck.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
One night at a resort called Cedar Point he got into a fight and ran amuck like a wild thing.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
I should just like to be one of them Malay kris chaps, get my arm set free, and then run amuck.
"Dead Man's Land" by George Manville Fenn
Blue funk seized the petty officers while some of the crew ran amuck.
"The Sky Trap" by Frank Belknap Long
The observers in the balloons must have thought me crazy, a pilot running amuck from aerial shell shock.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
Here's Dada going to run amuck with his quatrains.
"The Cycle of Spring" by Rabindranath Tagore
His men were hoisting aboard the three dripping, sputtering passengers who had run amuck.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
When the Germans ran amuck in 1914 Smuts was Minister of Defense of the Union of South Africa.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
With a little increased strain put upon his vanity and pride, he had run amuck.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
I think Pachuca has simply gone back to first principles and run amuck.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
Meantime the old mill was running amuck inside.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Have you ever noted the tendency of the perfectly balanced to run amuck?
"Hellhounds of the Cosmos" by Clifford Donald Simak
Keep off the fiery fellow from running amuck among us!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Simply Morrissy ran amuck.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
He explained his attitude after Asrange ran amuck.
"The Jupiter Weapon" by Charles Louis Fontenay
His very bravery is a sort of moral and intellectual running amuck because he thinks he shall not get Cosette.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
As is often the case with male elephants when the mate dies, Ribot went mad, ran amuck.
"The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton" by Wardon Allan Curtis
During the night the rudder gear jammed and our ship began to run amuck among the fleet.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
If he runs amuck it takes God to hold him.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
He was at least a harmless lunatic and in no danger of running amuck.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
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In news:

Runners stumble out of the final mud pit Saturday during the Junior League's 2nd annual Run Amuck 5K in Corpus Christi.
Related Stories for 2012 Run Amuck 5K.
Big Bear Lake, CA, July 29, 2010, 15:00pm – Running Amuck , a local running club, is holding its monthly meeting at Nottingham's tonight at 7:00pm, to discuss the upcoming Ragnar Relay in Las Vegas.
Disappearing glaciers in the Pacific Northwest: Science run amuck .
Money grabbing Liberals running amuck .
Nevertheless, hunting regulators in Harrisburg, PA, say it's time to declare open season on the odd-looking rodents after residents began citing property damage as a result of the porcupines running amuck.
Tales abound of interns running amuck.
Repaving projects are a bane to drivers, but for the history-minded pedestrian, they can represent a trip to a time before horseless carriages ran amuck on Gotham's streets.
Huck's amuck at Slugfest this weekend.
Power, corruption, and murder run amuck in the Shakespearean tragedy MacBeth , which Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company will present beginning Thursday.
As broadcasters, we live in exciting times: cross-platform systems have been running amuck, technologies have converged, and equipment intercon-nectivity has never been easier.
Two dogs running amuck, a male and female.
Nevertheless, hunting regulators in Harrisburg, PA, say it's time to declare oopen season on the odd-looking rodents after residents began citing property damage as a result of the porcupines running amuck.
In a hilarious excerpt from her best-selling Seriously … I'm Kidding, Ellen DeGeneres details a routine shopping trip gone amuck.
Our g'kids are running amuck.
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