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read someone the riot act

Fig. to give someone a severe scolding. The manager read me the riot act for coming in late. The teacher read the students the riot act for their failure to do their assignments.
See also: act, read, riot

riot of color

Cliché a selection of many bright colors. The landscape was a riot of color each autumn.
See also: color, of, riot

run amok

 and run amuck
to go awry; to go bad; to turn bad; to go into a frenzy. (From a Malay word meaning to run wild in a violent frenzy.) Our plan ran amok. He ran amuck early in the school year and never quite got back on the track.
See also: amok, run

run riot

 and run wild
Fig. to get out of control. The dandelions have run riot in our lawn. The children ran wild at the birthday party and had to be taken home.
See also: riot, run

read somebody the riot act

also read the riot act to somebody
to strongly warn someone to stop behaving badly Alice read Randi the riot act, telling her, “If you don't like it here, you can just go back where you came from.” The secretary of state said she plans to read the riot act to the country's leaders during meetings next week.
Related vocabulary: lay down the law
Etymology: based on the Riot Act (an English law of 1715 that provided a way to deal with a crowd of people who were causing trouble)
See also: act, read, riot

run amok

to act in a wild or dangerous manner There were 50 little kids running amok at the snack bar.
See also: amok, run

read (somebody) the riot act

to speak angrily to someone about something they have done and warn them that they will be punished if they do it again
Usage notes: The riot act was a law made in 1715 which said how to deal with groups of twelve or more people who were causing trouble.
He'd put up with a lot of bad behaviour from his son and thought it was time to read him the riot act.
See also: act, read, riot

run riot

 
1. if people run riot, they behave in a way that is not controlled, running in all directions or being noisy or violent I dread them coming round because they let their kids run riot.
2. if your imagination runs riot, you have a lot of strange, exciting, or surprising thoughts My imagination was running riot, thinking of all the ways that I could spend the money.
See read the riot act
See also: riot, run

read the riot act

Warn or reprimand forcefully or severely, as in When he was caught throwing stones at the windows, the principal read him the riot act . This term alludes to an actual British law, the Riot Act of 1714, which required reading a proclamation so as to disperse a crowd; those who did not obey within an hour were guilty of a felony. [First half of 1800s]
See also: act, read, riot

run amok

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.
See also: amok, run

riot

(ˈrɑɪət)
n. someone or something entertaining or funny. Tom was a riot last night.

run amok

(ˈrən əˈmək)
in. to go awry. (From a Malay word meaning to run wild in a violent frenzy.) Our plan ran amok.
See also: amok, run

read the riot act

To warn or reprimand energetically or forcefully: The teacher read the riot act to the rowdy class.
See also: act, read, riot

read the riot act

Criticize harshly. A 1725 British Act of Parliament provided that a magistrate could tell any gathering of a dozen or more people who were creating a civil disturbance to disperse by reading an official statement to that effect. Failure to heed the warning led to arrest (the law remained in effect until 1973). Used popularly, the phrase became the equivalent of “getting a good chewing out,” even if only one person was “read the riot act.”
See also: act, read, riot
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We found a laser pointer on him, which rioters use to distract policemen when they attack them with weapons.
Those who rioted on Sunday were again felt to have been unchallenged and confidence among potential rioters in other parts of the country grew.
So much violence and destruction, but the rioters don't seem to have had a cause
We were dispersing rioters when one of them tried to take my colleague's shotgun," he said.
Craig said one of his officers tried to offer McShane first aid but another rioter slashed the officer's face with a broken bottle.
Reports said the officers tore through the mosque with stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets, while Israel said rioters fled to the mosque after throwing fireworks and stones at police.
Hundreds of rioters looted businesses and set buildings on fire.
SIR - The BBC tells me that Hong Kong rioters demand that the Chief Executive resigns, or they will occupy public buildings, and yet calls them "democracy protesters".
CERTAIN aspects of the Saharanpur clashes indicate meticulous planning by the rioters who had a singular agenda of dividing the Sikhs and Muslims in the western Uttar Pradesh district.
The police said the rioters attacked security forces and public property following the arrest of some refugees who tried to leave the camp illegally.
ALGIERS, March 14 (KUNA) -- Rioters went on the rampage through Ghardaia city, central Algeria, again on Friday, setting on fire 52 shops and homes.
The event was organized by Kievans for Clean City, a new pro-government activist group which has spoken out against the rioters and violence in downtown Kiev, Al-Alam reported.
SPA said police arrested 561 rioters who had barricaded themselves in the narrow streets of a poor area of Riyadh Saturday evening, from where they threw stones, threatened people with knives and damaged more than 100 cars and many shops.
Soldiers deployed to the region have been given orders to shoot rioters on sight, state government official Kamal Saxena said.
Manama, Feb 16 (BNA) The General Director of the Northern Governorate Police reports that a large group of rioters created chaos on Saturday evening by blocking roads, knocking down lampposts, throwing stones and iron bars and pouring oil on the roads in Budaiya.