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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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Malik offers a wealth of case studies ranging from Moorish Spain and the Ottoman Empire to the present day; from the eruptions of anti-Islamic feeling over the Salman Rushdie affair to the misinterpretation of Islam currently running high on the agenda of the 'war on terror'.
With user interest running high, Barrett Builders is working to find additional land or property to be renovated for those companies that have already recognized the cost-efficiency of the metropolitan market.
Even when the tension started running high and some of my other black friends became combative, Daryl and I never denounced one another; we never left one another's side.
Feelings are running high at Barrow after more than 100 Scots transferred to the yard from ailing Scottish shipyards.
Besides, say organic backers, interest in organic food is strong in Europe and Japan, where fear of genetic engineering and chemical farming has been running high.
The Mighty Mississippi has been running high this year.
Legislation to protect the environment is generally a matter for the individual state, but ecological passions running high throughout the country have on occasion superseded the local.
To help combat the resultant high bottom from running high carbon heats, the bottom can be brought down by making low carbon heats and dressing with SPAR, aluminum shot or fine ferrosilicon in small amounts.
Imports of extrusion machines have been running high along with certain types of presses.
Summary: Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar 2 (ANI): Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas has found herself in theEe tight spot after she cheered for war in a recent tweet when tensions were running high between India and Pakistan, which has upset her fans in Pakistan.
Emotions were running high after the game but that's always the case.
Summary: Tensions are running high in Bangkok after grenade explosions wounded two soldiers at a military base in the Thai capital.