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uh muhk

  • s  frenzied as if possessed by a demon
    the soldier was completely amuck
  • r  wildly; without self-control
    when the restaurant caught fire the patrons ran amuck, blocking the exit
  • r  in a murderous frenzy
    rioters running amuck and throwing sticks and bottles and stones

  • Coarse as it is, 4chan has no rival as a hothouse for memes; they're bred and refined, and then they can escape and run amuck through the culture at large.
  • Author Camille Paglia, quoted in USA Today, described the incident as an example of "archfeminist ideology gone amuck.
  • Thus did a seven-year-stickler for tradition speak amuck, at last, shattering a precedent which was established when Speaker Charles Shaw Lefevre was created Viscount .
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  • Barack Obama in Register
    President Obama describes it as "an example of the procurement process gone amuck" and said "we're going to have to fix it".
  • Chris Shays in Danbury News Times
    Abu Ghraib was about a military unit run amuck. With proper oversight the abuses would have been easy to correct, and been corrected, without a lot of fanfare or publicity,Shays said.
  • Federico Pena in Boston Globe (registration)
    For the last eight years, John McCain and his Bush-Republican allies in Congress have promoted the deregulation policies that let corporations run amuck at the expense of working Latino families and all Americans,said Federico Peña, the...

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