- 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
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|Nol Coward
I fancied for awhile that one of their number must have run "amuck," and the rest meant to send him to slumber.
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.The Red Cow and Her Friends|Peter McArthur
17c., variant of amok; treated as a muck by Dryden, Byron, etc., and defended by Fowler, who considered amok didacticism.