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amok (adv) to become suddenly wild, violent, and dangerous (especially in a public place).
When a person suddenly turns violent, attacking others around him, they run amok. An elephant runs amok, if it suddenly becomes violent and dangerous.
- When the stores detective tried to catch the man stealing cookware, he ran amok injuring a woman and two children.
- When the professor made a repeated reference to the poor grades scored by some of the students, Mike suddenly ran amok damaging the furniture in the class.