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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RUN RIOT

She might run riot, contract debts, and waste his substance.

Destruction had run riot along the walls of this parish church.

The whole truth is that they are gay, and Honora quiet; they encourage her to run riot.

Without it, like these foolish children, we might run riot in all iniquity.'

On these evening rides she allowed her imagination to run riot.

They blaze on every mantel and run riot through all the rooms.

It had been painted on board, and the artist had allowed his colours to run riot.

He unleashed that tendency that is within us all and let it run riot to the limit.

The amateur should make sure of that before he allows his "feelings" to run riot.

Can you wonder, then, that he is inclined to run riot outside?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "debauchery, extravagance, wanton living," from Old French riote (12c.) "dispute, quarrel, (tedious) talk, chattering, argument, domestic strife," also a euphemism for "sexual intercourse," of uncertain origin. Cf. Medieval Latin riota "quarrel, dispute, uproar, riot." Perhaps from Latin rugire "to roar." Meaning "public disturbance" is first recorded late 14c. Meaning "something spectacularly successful" first recorded 1909 in theater slang.

Run riot is first recorded 1520s, a metaphoric extension from Middle English meaning in reference to hounds following the wrong scent. The Riot Act, part of which must be read to a mob before active measures can be taken, was passed 1714 (1 Geo. I, st.2, c.5). Riot girl and alternative form riot grrl first recorded 1992.

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