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run riot

Definition of run riot

  1. :  to behave in a violent and uncontrolled way <People were running riot in the streets.> —often used figuratively <Crazy thoughts were running riot through my head.> <Our poor garden is a mess. The weeds have run riot there.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to go faster than a walk

    :  to go steadily by springing steps so that both feet leave the ground for an instant in each step

    :  to move at a fast gallop

  1. :  an act or the action of running :  continued rapid movement

    :  a quickened gallop

    :  a migration of fish (as up or down a river) especially to spawn

  1. :  being in a melted state

    :  made from molten material :  cast in a mold

    :  having made a migration or spawning run

  1. :  profligate behavior :  debauchery

    :  unrestrained revelry

    :  noise, uproar, or disturbance made by revelers

  1. :  to indulge in revelry or wantonness

    :  to create or engage in a riot

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to manage or play awkwardly

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