run rampant

run rampant

1. To behave or run around in a wild, unruly, out-of-control manner. After three days of driving, it was great to let the kids run rampant around the woods behind my parents' house. The bull ran rampant in the streets for several hours before they managed to subdue it.
2. To spread or grow unchecked, out of control, and/or chaotically. The wildfire ran rampant as strong winds fanned the flames and helped spread it across an ever-wider area. Corruption has run rampant in the country ever since the dictator assumed power.
See also: run

run rampant

to run, develop, or grow out of control. The children ran rampant through the house. Weeds have run rampant around the abandoned house.
See also: run
References in classic literature ?
The growth of the garden seemed to have got quite out of bounds; the weeds had taken advantage of Phoebe's absence, and the long-continued rain, to run rampant over the flowers and kitchen-vegetables.
The report was particularly harsh on the finance ministry, which has been unable to do its job and has let fiscal violations run rampant. However, despite attempts by the ministry to have the report softened, officials of the WB have said that the report is final.
San Miguel, a team that has run rampant in the PBA for the better part of five years, went back into league action after missing the start of the Commissioner's Cup for more than two weeks.
The Democratic governor unveiled the task force armed with subpoena power through an executive order in January following an audit which found the state lacked considerable oversight and administration of the tax breaks, allowing corruption to run rampant.
Such initiatives are significant given the fact that corruption continues to run rampant all over the globe, the statement added, urging the international community to the take the measures needed to crack down on the social ill.
Companies like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube (just to name a few) seem to be caught in a horrible ideological loop: fight "free speech" by trying to weed out trolls, or allow them to run rampant and ruin any and all conversations.
This truly repugnant resolution ignores the unacceptable, undeniable truth that consumers interest rates are regularly marked up based on their race or ethnicity a disgusting practice that continues to run rampant across the country.
I NOTE from last week's Echo that there is a proposal to allow cyclists to "run rampant" through the so called pedestrianised market place at any time, rather than the present retricted access times, which are not enforced.
Just as long as the robots don't run rampant as they did in Westworld, stage a revolt and you wake up in the middle of the night being beaten over the head by the vacuum cleaner extension while your robot butler sings Girls Just Want To Have Fun and room service force feeds you sushi.
Labour either vote with Tory policies or abstain to allow them to run rampant over the working classes.
Fear and distrust run rampant among survivors because it is almost impossible to distinguish humans from the otherworldly doppelgangers.
Diseases run rampant on crowded factory farms, where thousands of birds are forced to live amid their own faeces and rotting corpses.
Winnie draws her fantastic new friends in her sketchbook--but then Winnie's sketchlings come alive and run rampant in the streets!
Smith threatened to run rampant, and came in for some rough treatment from the Bucks' left side.