run rampant

Definition of run rampant

:to be very common or to spread very quickly and in a way that is difficult to control
  • Rumors of her engagement ran rampant.

Word by Word Definitions

run play
  1. : to go faster than a walk

  2. : to move at a fast gallop

  3. : flee, retreat, escape

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

  2. : a quickened gallop

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

  1. : being in a melted state

  2. : made from molten material : cast in a mold

  3. : having made a migration or spawning run

rampant play
  1. : rearing upon the hind legs with forelegs extended

  2. : standing on one hind foot with one foreleg raised above the other and the head in profile

  3. : marked by a menacing wildness, extravagance, or absence of restraint


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