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Definition energetic and out of control — especially in a dangerous way
  • rioters running amuck
  • the procurement process gone amok
  • For four long years you two have been running amok in this school, and I've never been able to prove anything—until now!
    Dav Pilkey  --  Captain Underpants (# 1)
  • amok = out of control
  • I feel as if I were in the United Nations and the translators had run amok.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • The crowd moved outside, where loudly and profanely they attacked the stolid immovability of a system run amuck.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • But he might run amuck any minute.
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • I got so sick of it I thought I'd run amuck and bash somebody's skull.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • One night at a resort called Cedar Point, he got into a fight and ran amuck like a wild thing.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • Lourdes blames Enrique's grandmother Maraa: she spoiled the boy and let him run amok.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • Or is it more an example of vanity run amok?
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • Twenty minutes later they came surging out, about three hundred kids, babbling, gleeful, casually amuck.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • He would not allow three men from ancient times to run amok in the modern world for centuries.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Then, with only a snarl for notice, the hyena went amok.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He leapt and bounded around the billabong with the abandon of a dervish run amok.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • What is this I hear about carriage drivers gone amok in the streets of London?
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • We watch the kids run amok around us.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • "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
  • We walked through bare halls, and peered into sparsely furnished rooms, as unwashed and unsupervised children ran amok.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • 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
  • She was homeschooling gone amok.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl

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