[ uh-muhk ]
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  1. mad with murderous frenzy.


Idioms about amuck

  1. 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

Words Nearby amuck Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use amuck in a sentence

  • If you give steroids to a patient who is not yet exhibiting signs of an overactive immune system, you may actually make them sicker by allowing SARS-CoV-2 to run amuck.

  • 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 elephant was not running amuck, though he might eventually work himself into that blind ungovernable rage.

    The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
  • As a wild beast is tied to keep it from running amuck, so the Law bridles mad and furious man to keep him from running wild.

  • His men were hoisting aboard the three dripping, sputtering passengers who had run amuck.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day

British Dictionary definitions for amuck


/ (əˈmʌk) /

noun, adverb
  1. a variant of amok

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