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go amok

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 amok as soon as they got here. The villagers were cleaning up debris for days after the bulls went amok through the streets.
2. To become bad or go awry; to get out of control; to go haywire. This whole operation has gone amok. 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. "Amok" also has an older alternative spelling, "amuck.") Fueled by alcohol and cocaine, Dave went amok 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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After that, Garan went amok and stabbed Sagun and pushed her off the staircase.
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Manila: An army corporal went amok on Thursday morning inside a camp in Basilan, killing five of his comrades before being shot dead by colleagues.
Observers say government forces made up of predominantly members of the Dinka ethnic group went amok after the violence and targeted members of the Nuer ethnic group whom they suspected of supporting Riek Machar, himself a Nuer.
Bullies and relatives of inmates broke into the police station several days ago, as the prisoners inside went amok.
We were treading the cobblestone backwaters of the Rocks, touring that colorful area of Sydney hacked out of sandstone by convicts two centuries ago, when, without warning, my imagination went amok.
The police said Baranda, who worked as a dishwasher, pulled a pistol and went amok while playing coin toss with friends.
Based on the investigation, Beldad, who was suffering from a nervous breakdown, went amok and slit the throat of his wife Wilma and stabbed his sister Amalia.
Tahiruddin Taha allegedly went amok with an M16 rifle and fired at the around 30 participants of the session on Thursdaymorning, after which he was shot dead by responding soldiers.
MANILA -- A man who went amok with a gun was killed in a shootout with police in San Mateo, Rizal on Saturday, a radio report said.