What is another word for run riot?

584 synonyms found


[ ɹˈʌn ɹˈa͡ɪ͡ət], [ ɹˈʌn ɹˈa‍ɪ‍ət], [ ɹ_ˈʌ_n ɹ_ˈaɪə_t]

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How to use "Run riot" in context?

When one considers the history of crime, it is not hard to see why "run riot" entered the criminal lexicon. riots, mass destructions and general lawlessness were all hallmarks of such outbreaks. Originally, it referred to a group of criminals running amok, completely disregarding the law and wreaking havoc. Over time, it has come to refer to a situation in which law enforcement officers are not able to effectively deal with a criminal environment. This can range from rampant theft to violent clashes with officers. The fallout from such a situation can be severe, as innocent civilians can get trapped in the middle and become casualties.

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