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run high

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.
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running high

[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.
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With fears of anthrax running high, Los Angeles County health officials said they expect a high demand for flu vaccine this year.
That running high that you get can replace any kind of drug or alcohol that I was taking,'' said Malden, who has been sober for 3-1/2 years.
I'll have to have my thinking cap on, as well as my blood running high,'' Anderson said.
People need to be aware of the fact that water is running high and they are likely to find snow at elevations they wouldn't normally at this time of year,'' said Al Nash, spokesman for Yosemite National Park, where Tioga Pass Road (Highway 120) opened July 1, the latest in recent history.