run riot Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “run riot” in the English Dictionary

"run riot" in British English

See all translations

run riot

C2 If ​peoplerun riot, they ​behave in a way that is not ​controlled, ​running in all ​directions or being ​noisy or ​violent: I ​dread them coming here because they ​lettheirkidsrun riot. If ​yourimaginationruns riot, you have a lot of ​strange, ​exciting, or ​surprisingthoughts: My ​imagination was ​running riot, ​thinking of all the ​ways that I could ​spend the ​money.
(Definition of run riot from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

conker

the shiny brown poisonous nut of a horse chestnut tree

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More