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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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And with the pressure off Bernard Laporte and the players having won the opening two games, we could run riot against Wales.
TINY TERRORS: Some parents allow their children to run riot
Colchester scored twice in the first half through McLeash and Stockwell as they threatened to run riot.
Tiger could run riot at St Andrews," reckons Brown.
Alex Ferguson walks out into the Nou Camp and finds a shrubbery positioned on the wing where Fergie was hoping that David Beckham would run riot.
After seeing his side run riot at Ashton Gate, Jones said: "The draw produced a real buzz.
Cameos run riot, from Woody Harrelson as a Teutonic transvestite to John C.
Strikes from captain Ian Cox and Mark Stein put Bournemouth in control within 29 minutes as they threatened to run riot at a sunbaked Dean Court.
Abergavenny magistrates were told Lichottka had run riot in his quiet home town of Chepstow, despite signing a good behaviour contract.
COUNCIL tenants in Wirral who let their children run riot could be evicted.
Loudmouth di Canio, who switched to Sheffield Wednesday in summer, said: "The year I spent in Scotland made me realise that a striker of Marco's qualities could run riot.
In front of a 10,588 crowd, Fulham threatened to run riot but were denied by woeful finishing and excellent saves from Wilson.
JERMAINE BECKFORD'S late penalty snatched a vital point for Leeds after Nottingham Forest threatened to run riot.
ELVIS SEVEALI'I helped Bath keep alive their chances of reaching the final after Saracens had threatened run riot in the first leg.
But shortly after the April visit parents accused teachers of allowing children to run riot after a pupil was removed for punching the deputy head.