verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Idioms for riot
- to act without control or restraint: The neighbors let their children run riot.
- to grow luxuriantly or abundantly: Crab grass is running riot in our lawn.
Origin of riot
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Example sentences from the Web for riot
When I cracked open the door for a peak, all I saw was a riot of fur.How to hunt for star-nosed moles (and their holes)|Kenneth Catania|September 15, 2020|Popular Science
If a messy election aftermath involves the deployment of federal personnel to put down riots or stop ballot counts, there’s a decent chance that a judge somewhere will pull the emergency brake.
As the Los Angeles riot study suggests, the effects of riots may vary at the local level.
I made a version of this argument in 2015, arguing that riots in the ’60s and ’90s ultimately led to necessary changes in policing, even if the changes didn’t go far enough.
There are other studies suggesting that, at least in limited circumstances, riots have helped some causes.
But burning, rioting, and looting are disgraceful—and they make for real-life victims we somehow never hear about.
Rioting and looting ensued shortly after the verdict and racial tensions were tense across the United States for years to follow.
Rioting, shoplifting, and violent confrontation with the police took place shortly thereafter.
We stood outside the Old City in the neighborhood of Silwan, where some of the recent rioting has taken place.
And, whereas the townspeople start rioting and attacking the chain-smoking cult the Guilty Remnant, Nora is at peace.Carrie Coon on ‘The Leftovers,’ That Wild Finale, Her Apocalyptic Visions, and ‘Gone Girl’|Marlow Stern|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rioting, as an established social custom, disappeared in most of the places where it had formerly been so much practised.The Eve of the Revolution|Carl Becker
After much rioting and corruption, Mahone's political machine finally lost control of the state in 1883.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
This rioting was carried to such an extent that it was found necessary to apply for soldiers to protect the Beadles.The Diary of a Resurrectionist, 1811-1812|James Blake Bailey
The price of bread was high, and during the early part of the year there were many strikes and much rioting, especially in London.The Political History of England - Vol. X.|William Hunt
You may have to fire into rioting crowds, but be careful about shooting recklessly or needlessly into groups.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants|H. Irving Hancock
British Dictionary definitions for riot
- a disturbance made by an unruly mob or (in law) three or more persons; tumult or uproar
- (as modifier)a riot gun; riot police; a riot shield
- to behave wildly and without restraint
- (of plants) to grow rankly or profusely
Derived forms of riotrioter, nounrioting, noun
Word Origin for riot
Idioms and Phrases with riot
see read the riot act; run amok (riot).