amuck

[ uh-muhk ]
/ əˈmʌk /

adjective

mad with murderous frenzy.

noun

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Idioms for amuck

    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

First recorded in 1510–20; variant of amok
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British Dictionary definitions for amuck

amuck
/ (əˈmʌk) /

noun, adverb

a variant of amok
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