go amuck

go amuck

1. To behave or run around in a wild, unruly, out-of-control manner; to be or become crazy or chaotic. We tried to have some organized games for the kids, but they all started going amuck as soon as they got here. The villagers were cleaning up debris for days after the bulls went amuck through the streets.
2. To become bad or go awry; to get out of control; to go haywire. This whole operation has gone amuck. I don't know how we can be expected to finish by the deadline under these conditions.
3. dated To rush around in a violent, murderous frenzy. (Note: This is the phrase's original specific meaning, taken from Malay. "Amuck" is an older alternative spelling of "amok," which is preferred today.) Fueled by alcohol and cocaine, Dave went amuck when his wife told him she'd been seeing someone else. Luckily, a neighbor called the police when they heard such a commotion.
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But the rumblings from the grassroots are a reminder that regulation, even well intended, can go amuck.