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[uh-muhk] /əˈmʌk/
mad with murderous frenzy.
run / go amuck,
  1. to rush about in a murderous frenzy:
    The maniac ran amuck in the crowd, shooting at random.
  2. to rush about wildly; lose self-control:
    When the nightclub caught fire the patrons ran amuck, blocking the exits.
Origin of amuck
1510-20; variant of amok Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for run amuck
Historical Examples
  • It is a wonder that irascible painters do not run amuck among their own canvases and their visitors on Show Sunday.

    Lost Leaders Andrew Lang
  • She saw that he resented her shrinking; it seemed to excite him to run amuck the more.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • With a little increased strain put upon his vanity and pride he had run amuck.

    Northern Lights, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • On the third day,” continued he, “we are to ‘run amuck,’ if you know what that is.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • In that case he had still nine rounds of ball ammunition, and, if he wished to run amuck, held as many lives in his hand.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • But failing these he was to run amuck and do whatever damage he could.

    Uncle Sam Detective William Atherton Du Puy
  • Europe and Asia had run amuck, hysterical with fear and blood.

  • But, upon being sent to make an arrest, he happened onto a "bad" Negro, run amuck.

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
  • Here had been her opportunity, and she had run amuck through all the range of sugary things!

  • During the night the rudder gear jammed and our ship began to run amuck among the fleet.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
British Dictionary definitions for run amuck


noun, adverb
a variant of amok
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for run amuck



17c., variant of amok; treated as a muck by Dryden, Byron, etc., and defended by Fowler, who considered amok didacticism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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