rampage

[n. ram-peyj; v. ram-peyj, ram-peyj]
noun
1.
violent or excited behavior that is reckless, uncontrolled, or destructive.
2.
a state of violent anger or agitation: The smallest mistake sends him into a rampage. The river has gone on a rampage and flooded the countryside.
verb (used without object), rampaged, rampaging.
3.
to rush, move, or act furiously or violently: a bull elephant rampaging through the jungle.

Origin:
1705–15; ramp1 + -age

rampager, noun


3. storm, rage, tear.
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rampage
 
vb
1.  (intr) to rush about in an angry, violent, or agitated fashion
 
n
2.  angry or destructive behaviour
3.  on the rampage behaving violently or destructively
 
[C18: from Scottish, of uncertain origin; perhaps based on ramp]
 
ram'pageous
 
adj
 
ram'pageously
 
adv
 
ram'pageousness
 
n
 
'rampager
 
n

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Word Origin & History

rampage
1715, in Scottish, probably from M.E. verb ramp "rave, rush wildly about" (c.1300), esp. of beasts rearing on their hind legs, as if climbing, from O.Fr. ramper (see ramp, also cf. rampant). The noun is first recorded 1861, from the verb.
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Idioms & Phrases

rampage

see on a rampage.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
After the students got their grades, the parents went on a rampage.
In each instance, authorities blamed an enormous crocodile for the rampage.
The shooting rampage could have ended there if proper security measures were in place.
The story of his rampage dominated national headlines the next day.
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