To run amuck

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To run amuck to rush out in a state of frenzy, as the Malays sometimes do under the influence of “bhang,” and attack every one that comes in the way; to assail recklessly and indiscriminately.
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Usage

In literature:

Penrod was about to run amuck.
"Penrod" by Booth Tarkington
All we can do is to guard the coast and keep them from breaking back on the plantation and running amuck.
"Adventure" by Jack London
I've half a mind to go back and run amuck, and settle for a few of them, the pigs!
"The God of His Fathers" by Jack London
She saw that he resented her shrinking; it seemed to excite him to run amuck the more.
"Beyond" by John Galsworthy
I wonder if one could persuade one's form to run amuck as a regular thing.
"Mike" by P. G. Wodehouse
Germany has apparently decided to run amuck with civilization.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 3, June, 1915" by Various
I'd be more apt to run amuck.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
This couple love blood and for this reason cause men and women to fight or to run amuck.
"The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao" by Fay-Cooper Cole
We should make precious short work of any Ghazis who were to run amuck among us.
"For Name and Fame" by G. A. Henty
He knew that, driven to desperation, the Malays were very likely to run amuck, and, if they found him, to kill him.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In news:

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.
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.
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.
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