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rioters running amuck
  energetic and out of control — especially in a dangerous way
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  • rioters running amuck
  • the procurement process gone amok
  • We watch the kids run amok around us.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • He would not allow three men from ancient times to run amok in the modern world for centuries.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • She was homeschooling gone amok.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • He’s thinking that he can’t keep the people on his side if the troops are running amok among the civilian population—raping the women, stealing cattle, burning houses.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • They had inure or less run amuck and were darnming up rivers and flooding highways, filling pastures, even beginning to invade the cities.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • The crowd moved outside, where loudly and profanely they attacked the stolid immovability of a system run amuck.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Although even as a child in Poland’ she had heard of the blazing marvel of the New England foliage in October, Nathan had fueled her expectation, describing the landscape she was about to see in his delicious, extravagant way and telling her that this singularly American spectacle, this amok flambeau unique in all Nature, was simply an aesthetic encounter that must not be missed.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Lourdes blames Enrique’s grandmother Maraa: she spoiled the boy and let him run amok.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey

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  • I got so sick of it I thought I’d run amuck and bash somebody’s skull.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Then, with only a snarl for notice, the hyena went amok.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Sometimes, in the haste of speeding-up, they would dump one of the animals out on the floor before it was fully stunned, and it would get upon its feet and run amuck.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • "Hermione, a wizard in Mr. Crouch’s position can’t afford a house-elf who’s going to run amok with a wand!" said Percy pompously, recovering himself.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Another said she probably didn’t like saddle shoes and when she got out of the loony bin and walked four hundred miles to safety, the first thing she saw was a kid wearing saddle shoes and she couldn’t take it—ran amok.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • I feel as if I were in the United Nations and the translators had run amok.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Or is it more an example of vanity run amok?
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • It is true, I might have resisted forcibly with more or less effect, might have run "amok" against society; but I preferred that society should run "amok" against me, it being the desperate party.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He leapt and bounded around the billabong with the abandon of a dervish run amok.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • Okay, so here’s the general rule: whether it’s Italy or Greece or Africa or Malaysia or Vietnam, when writers send characters south, it’s so they can run amok.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • But he might run amuck any minute.
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • Twenty minutes later they came surging out, about three hundred kids, babbling, gleeful, casually amuck.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Such a being is a metaphysical monstrosity, struggling to oppose, negate and contradict the fact of his own existence, running blindly amuck on a trail of destruction, capable of nothing but pain.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • When hostilities ceased, they ran amok on the streets of Wonderland’s capital city, looting and pillaging Wondertropolis until Queen Genevieve had them rounded up and shipped off to the Crystal Mines-a spiderweb-like network of tunnels carved in a far-off mountainside, where those unwilling to abide by the laws of decent society lived in windowless dormitories and labored to excavate crystal from the unforgiving mountain.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • One night at a resort called Cedar Point, he got into a fight and ran amuck like a wild thing.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • …that had last hailed him, and maddened by his long entombment in a place as black as the bowels of despair; it was then that Steelkilt proposed to the two Canallers, thus far apparently of one mind with him, to burst out of their hole at the next summoning of the garrison; and armed with their keen mincing knives (long, crescentic, heavy implements with a handle at each end) run amuck from the bowsprit to the taffrail; and if by any devilishness of desperation possible, seize the ship.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • …air two miles high on an inch or two of metal, sustained from death by the meager skill and intelligence of two vapid strangers, a beardless kid named Huple and a nervous nut like Dobbs, who really did go nuts right there in the plane, running amuck over the target without leaving his copilot’s seat and grabbing the controls from Huple to plunge them all down into that chilling dive that tore Yossarian’s headset loose and brought them right back inside the dense flak from which they…
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Don’t run amok!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • We walked through bare halls, and peered into sparsely furnished rooms, as unwashed and unsupervised children ran amok.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • I want you to get word to the king that I am a magician myself—and the Supreme Grand High-yu-Muck-amuck and head of the tribe, at that; and I want him to be made to understand that I am just quietly arranging a little calamity here that will make the fur fly in these realms if Sir Kay’s project is carried out and any harm comes to me.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • A part of him — the part closest to his throbbing right ear — was quite keen on the idea of letting Ron down and watching him run amok until the effects of the potion wore off … but on the other hand, they were supposed to be friends, Ron had not been himself when he had attacked, and Harry— thought that he would deserve another punching if he permitted Ron to declare undying love for Romilda Vane.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Like her, he confined his letters to the daily round, interrupted by the funny or alarming anecdote: the recruit who came on parade with a boot missing; the sheep that ran amok in the barracks and could not be chased out, the sergeant instructor almost hit by a bullet on the range.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • You say that convention is all that really keeps you straight in this "woman proposition"; but it’s more than that, Amory; it’s the fear that what you begin you can’t stop; you would run amuck, and I know whereof I speak; it’s that half-miraculous sixth sense by which you detect evil, it’s the half-realized fear of God in your heart.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • …told that, rough and brutal as they seemed just then, they were not like this all the year round, but were, in fact, quite civil persons save during certain weeks of autumn and winter, when, like the inhabitants of the Malay Peninsula, they ran amuck, and made it their purpose to destroy life—in this case harmless feathered creatures, brought into being by artificial means solely to gratify these propensities—at once so unmannerly and so unchivalrous towards their weaker fellows in…
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • After 9/11, he and Kathy knew that many imaginations had run amok, that the introduction of the idea of "sleeper cells"—groups of would-be terrorists living in the U.S. and waiting, for years or decades, to strike—meant that everyone at their mosque, or the entire mosque itself, might be waiting for instructions from their presumed leaders in the hills of Afghanistan or Pakistan.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • These were the people of the colored forest gone amuck.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Especially with some kind of…of beasts running amok in the streets!
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • What is this I hear about carriage drivers gone amok in the streets of London?
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • I could see no option three, so I hoped it was the second option and this was just my subconscious running amuck, rather than something I would need to be hospitalized for.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • They want them removed because they believe that it’s really possible to conjure up evil and that kids who read this stuff might accidentally inspire Satan to run amok in our town.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • The unhinged fling of an arm, the right arm whippy and haywire, like a part that runs amuck in a machine, and the whole body spasm, an arrhythmic thing, a thing outside the limits of experience.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Large numbers of police officers in yellow rain slickers were on duty, because a Puerto Rican parade a few years before had ended in a riot when youths ran amok in Central Park, harassing and groping women.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Having been since age 7 rigidly instructed in an eschatology that pointed nowhere but to a presidency and death, trained to do absolutely nothing but sign his name to specialized memoranda he could not begin to understand and to take blame for the running-amok of specialized programs that failed for specialized reasons he had to have explained to him, the executives first thoughts were naturally of suicide.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • So it was with the CASSANDRA, as brought us all safe home from Malabar, after England took the viceroy of the Indies; so it was with the old WALRUS, Flint’s old ship, as I’ve seen amuck with the red blood and fit to sink with gold."
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Old man Lipton dye him up some shredded New York Times and put it in a cute little white bag and northern Negroes run amok.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • We might add, if we’re being generous, that they run amok because they are having direct, raw encounters with the subconscious.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • It is true, I might have resisted forcibly with more or less effect, might have run "amok" against society; but I preferred that society should run "amok" against me, it being the desperate party.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • I’m like a savage who’s discovered the idea of private property and run amuck on it.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • A blind mass running amuck, to crush you without sense or purpose.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Just call me when one of your new journalists runs amuck more than usual.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
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