- mad with murderous frenzy.
- run/go amuck,
- to rush about in a murderous frenzy: The maniac ran amuck in the crowd, shooting at random.
- to rush about wildly; lose self-control: When the nightclub caught fire the patrons ran amuck, blocking the exits.
Origin of amuck
First recorded in 1510–20; variant of amok
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Examples from the Web for amuck
His brow was amuck with sweat: he was trembling in every limb; his ears were scarlet.Terribly Intimate Portraits
Sure, and he climbed in at the window, and white as a haddock, and all amuck with sweat.The Deemster
Maniac named Kraskow amuck with freighter Prometheus, known to contain huge bomb!Big Pill
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I learned to swing an axe by cutting down saplings, and ran "amuck" among them just as my elders did among the larger trees.The Red Cow and Her Friends
I fancied for awhile that one of their number must have run "amuck," and the rest meant to send him to slumber.
- a variant of amok
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Word Origin and History for 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