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run riot

To act in a chaotic manner. As soon as the alarm went off, everyone in the room ran riot.
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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.
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run riot

COMMON
1. If someone runs riot, they behave badly, sometimes violently, and in a way that is not controlled. My older sister Mandy had run riot so my parents were far stricter with me. In these neighbourhoods, gangs are allowed to run riot, terrorising the innocent while the police stay safely away.
2. If something such as imagination or speculation runs riot, it expresses itself or spreads in an uncontrolled way. My imagination ran riot, visualising late nights and weekend parties. We have no proof and when there is no proof, rumour runs riot. Note: In hunting, if the hounds run riot, they follow the scents of other animals rather than the one they are supposed to be chasing.
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run riot

1 behave in a violent and unrestrained way. 2 (of a mental faculty or emotion) function or be expressed without restraint. 3 proliferate or spread uncontrollably.
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run ˈriot

get out of control: They allow their children to run riot — it’s not surprising that the house is always in such a mess.His imagination ran riot as he thought what he would do if he won the money.
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Gangs of white youths - mainly skinheads - ran riot, smashing windows and beating up anyone they found out on the street Paul Peng, recalling race riots in Toxteth in 1972
L MERCER scored four as Abbey (R Rawlinson 2, L Maguire 2, L Hargreaves) ran riot to defeat luckless Millers 9-1 in the under-10s division.
1969: Soccer hooligans ran riot on the London Underground, causing thousands of pounds of damage.
Sean Perry and Steve Smart, who also weighed in with the conversions, shared seven tries between them - both claiming hat-tricks - as the Black Country side ran riot.
In a match between the top 16 players, Zak just ran riot and scored seven goals.
CREWE 5 ACC STANLEY 1 CALVIN ZOLA scored twice as Crewe ran riot against 10-man Stanley.
Wearside League leaders Teesside Athletic won 1-0 at Cleator Moor to keep top spot while champions New Marske ran riot in a 8-1 win at East Durham and Wolviston drew 1-1 at Windscale.
KEVIN STEELE added the finishing touches as the Gowfers ran riot.
We ran riot at Livingston to send the CIS Cup holders crashing, following up with three points in the SPL when accounting for Dundee.
Mr Dean said: "In the summer of 2003, Nadeem Khan ran riot for a matter of weeks with a 16 gauge shotgun.
Adam Weaver's treble helped Whiston Juniors Celtic to a 6-1 success over Hale Juniors in the under-9 division, while Whiston Juniors Rangers ran riot against Athena, turning in 12 unanswered goals.
Lex then ran riot in the second half with seven more goals,including Pennington completing his hat-trick.
Terrified witnesses revealed how drunk teens from across Cork and as far away as Limerick vandalised cars, threw stones at gardai, kicked in doors and ran riot in the streets.
The Welsh All Blacks ran riot in the first half as Alex Jenkins (two), Kevin Morgan, Kevin James and Gareth Gravelle all crossed.
Champions Keith are on a super run and were easy 4-1 winners at Nairn and Forres ran riot at Lossiemouth, winning the Moray derby 5-0.