Also, run riot or wild. Behave in a frenzied, out-of-control, or unrestrained manner. For example, I was afraid that if I left the toddler alone she would run amok and have a hard time calming down, or The weeds are running riot in the lawn, or The children were running wild in the playground. Amok comes from a Malay word for “frenzied” and was adopted into English, and at first spelled amuck, in the second half of the 1600s. Run riot dates from the early 1500s and derives from an earlier sense, that is, a hound's following an animal scent. Run wild alludes to an animal reverting to its natural, uncultivated state; its figurative use dates from the late 1700s.
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Do not the widow's tears run down the cheek, and her cry against him that causeth them to fall?The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
A few, very few, little dots had run back over that green patch—the others had passed down into the world of darkness.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
But if what I told him were true, he was still at a loss how a kingdom could run out of its estate like a private person.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
The controlling leaders being out of gear the machine did not run smoothly: there was nothing but friction and tension.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
When these last words of his were interpreted to her, she started, made as if she would run after him, but checked herself.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson