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To be very intense; to increase to an intense level, typically due to a specific cause. Often said of "emotions" or "tensions." Of course they're arguing—emotions always run high when those two get together.
[for feelings] to be in a state of excitement or anger. Feelings were running high as the general election approached. The mood of the crowd was running high when they saw the mother slap her child.
Be intense, as in Feelings are running high on the issue of raising taxes. This expression, first recorded in 1711, transfers the strong currents or tides that make for high waves to human concerns.
run highbe strong or tumultuous.
The image here is of waves or tides rising above their normal height, especially in stormy conditions.
1993 Wall Street Journal Europe Everybody knows it is an exercise, but emotions nevertheless run high as the Army ‘augmentees’ warm to their roles.