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What does run amok mean?


Meaning of idioms with examples...

run amok

To behave in a frenzied and out-of-control manner.

Other variations of the same idioms include:

- run riot.
- run wild.
- go amok.

Origin of the idiom "run amok"



The word "amok" comes from a Malay word which means "frenzied". It is increasingly viewed now as psychopathological behavior. The syndrome of "amok" is found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV TR). The phrase is often used in a less serious manner when describing something that is wildly out of control or causing a frenzy for example, "a dog tearing up the living room furniture might be termed as 'running amok'".

Example(s):

My dog often runs amok.
The weeds are running riot in the lawn.
The kids were running wild in the house.

This idiom is in the sport category


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