amuck

[uh-muhk]
adjective
1.
mad with murderous frenzy.
noun
2.
Idioms
3.
run/go amuck,
a.
to rush about in a murderous frenzy: The maniac ran amuck in the crowd, shooting at random.
b.
to rush about wildly; lose self-control: When the nightclub caught fire the patrons ran amuck, blocking the exits.

Origin:
1510–20; variant of amok

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amok or amuck (əˈmʌk, əˈmɒk, əˈmʌk)
 
n
1.  a state of murderous frenzy, originally observed among Malays
 
adv
2.  run amok to run about with or as if with a frenzied desire to kill
 
[C17: from Malay amoq furious assault]
 
amuck or amuck
 
n
 
adv
 
[C17: from Malay amoq furious assault]

amuck (əˈmʌk)
 
n, —adv
a variant of amok

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amuck
17c., var. of amok; treated as a muck by Dryden, Byron, etc., and defended by Fowler, who considered amok didacticism.
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Example sentences
The motor-driven mail wagons of this city have run amuck.
Executive power run amuck is now met with silence or approval.
There was no malice in his behavior, simply unchecked enthusiasms run amuck.
Imagination run amuck in a tale created for the purpose of the artiness of the production.
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