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amuck

[uh-muhk] /əˈmʌk/
adjective
1.
mad with murderous frenzy.
noun
2.
amok.
Idioms
3.
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
1510-1520
First recorded in 1510-20; variant of amok
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Examples from the Web for amuck
Historical Examples
  • His brow was amuck with sweat: he was trembling in every limb; his ears were scarlet.

  • Sure, and he climbed in at the window, and white as a haddock, and all amuck with sweat.

    The Deemster

    Hall Caine
  • Maniac named Kraskow amuck with freighter Prometheus, known to contain huge bomb!

    Big Pill Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • I learned to swing an axe by cutting down saplings, and ran "amuck" among them just as my elders did among the larger trees.

  • I fancied for awhile that one of their number must have run "amuck," and the rest meant to send him to slumber.

British Dictionary definitions for amuck

amuck

/əˈmʌk/
noun, adverb
1.
a variant of amok
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for amuck
adv.

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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