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 for To run riot
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Run \Run\ (r[u^]n), v. i. [imp. Ran (r[a^]n) or Run; p. p.
     Run; p. pr. & vb. n. Running.] [OE. rinnen, rennen (imp.
     ran, p. p. runnen, ronnen). AS. rinnan to flow (imp. ran, p.
     p. gerunnen), and iernan, irnan, to run (imp. orn, arn, earn,
     p. p. urnen); akin to D. runnen, rennen, OS. & OHG. rinnan,
     G. rinnen, rennen, Icel. renna, rinna, Sw. rinna, r[aum]nna,
     Dan. rinde, rende, Goth. rinnan, and perh. to L. oriri to
     rise, Gr. 'orny`nai to stir up, rouse, Skr. [.r] (cf.
     Origin), or perh. to L. rivus brook (cf. Rival).
     [root]11. Cf. Ember, a., Rennet.]
     1. To move, proceed, advance, pass, go, come, etc., swiftly,
        smoothly, or with quick action; -- said of things animate
        or inanimate. Hence, to flow, glide, or roll onward, as a
        stream, a snake, a wagon, etc.; to move by quicker action
        than in walking, as a person, a horse, a dog.
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     2. Of voluntary or personal action:
        (a) To go swiftly; to pass at a swift pace; to hasten.
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                  "Ha, ha, the fox!" and after him they ran.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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        (b) To flee, as from fear or danger.
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                  As from a bear a man would run for life. --Shak.
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        (c) To steal off; to depart secretly.
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        (d) To contend in a race; hence, to enter into a contest;
            to become a candidate; as, to run for Congress.
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                  Know ye not that they which run in a race run
                  all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that
                  ye may obtain.                    --1 Cor. ix.
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        (e) To pass from one state or condition to another; to
            come into a certain condition; -- often with in or
            into; as, to run into evil practices; to run in debt.
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                  Have I not cause to rave and beat my breast, to
                  rend my heart with grief and run distracted?
                                                    --Addison.
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        (f) To exert continuous activity; to proceed; as, to run
            through life; to run in a circle.
        (g) To pass or go quickly in thought or conversation; as,
            to run from one subject to another.
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                  Virgil, in his first Georgic, has run into a set
                  of precepts foreign to his subject. --Addison.
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        (h) To discuss; to continue to think or speak about
            something; -- with on.
        (i) To make numerous drafts or demands for payment, as
            upon a bank; -- with on.
        (j) To creep, as serpents.
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     3. Of involuntary motion:
        (a) To flow, as a liquid; to ascend or descend; to course;
            as, rivers run to the sea; sap runs up in the spring;
            her blood ran cold.
        (b) To proceed along a surface; to extend; to spread.
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                  The fire ran along upon the ground. --Ex. ix.
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        (c) To become fluid; to melt; to fuse.
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                  As wax dissolves, as ice begins to run.
                                                    --Addison.
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                  Sussex iron ores run freely in the fire.
                                                    --Woodward.
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        (d) To turn, as a wheel; to revolve on an axis or pivot;
            as, a wheel runs swiftly round.
        (e) To travel; to make progress; to be moved by mechanical
            means; to go; as, the steamboat runs regularly to
            Albany; the train runs to Chicago.
        (f) To extend; to reach; as, the road runs from
            Philadelphia to New York; the memory of man runneth
            not to the contrary.
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                  She saw with joy the line immortal run,
                  Each sire impressed, and glaring in his son.
                                                    --Pope.
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        (g) To go back and forth from place to place; to ply; as,
            the stage runs between the hotel and the station.
        (h) To make progress; to proceed; to pass.
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                  As fast as our time runs, we should be very glad
                  in most part of our lives that it ran much
                  faster.                           --Addison.
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        (i) To continue in operation; to be kept in action or
            motion; as, this engine runs night and day; the mill
            runs six days in the week.
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                  When we desire anything, our minds run wholly on
                  the good circumstances of it; when it is
                  obtained, our minds run wholly on the bad ones.
                                                    --Swift.
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        (j) To have a course or direction; as, a line runs east
            and west.
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                  Where the generally allowed practice runs
                  counter to it.                    --Locke.
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                  Little is the wisdom, where the flight
                  So runs against all reason.       --Shak.
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        (k) To be in form thus, as a combination of words.
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                  The king's ordinary style runneth, "Our
                  sovereign lord the king."         --Bp.
                                                    Sanderson.
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        (l) To be popularly known; to be generally received.
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                  Men gave them their own names, by which they run
                  a great while in Rome.            --Sir W.
                                                    Temple.
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                  Neither was he ignorant what report ran of
                  himself.                          --Knolles.
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        (m) To have growth or development; as, boys and girls run
            up rapidly.
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                  If the richness of the ground cause turnips to
                  run to leaves.                    --Mortimer.
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        (n) To tend, as to an effect or consequence; to incline.
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                  A man's nature runs either to herbs or weeds.
                                                    --Bacon.
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                  Temperate climates run into moderate
                  governments.                      --Swift.
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        (o) To spread and blend together; to unite; as, colors run
            in washing.
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                  In the middle of a rainbow the colors are . . .
                  distinguished, but near the borders they run
                  into one another.                 --I. Watts.
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        (p) To have a legal course; to be attached; to continue in
            force, effect, or operation; to follow; to go in
            company; as, certain covenants run with the land.
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                  Customs run only upon our goods imported or
                  exported, and that but once for all; whereas
                  interest runs as well upon our ships as goods,
                  and must be yearly paid.          --Sir J.
                                                    Child.
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        (q) To continue without falling due; to hold good; as, a
            note has thirty days to run.
        (r) To discharge pus or other matter; as, an ulcer runs.
        (s) To be played on the stage a number of successive days
            or nights; as, the piece ran for six months.
        (t) (Naut.) To sail before the wind, in distinction from
            reaching or sailing closehauled; -- said of vessels.
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     4. Specifically, of a horse: To move rapidly in a gait in
        which each leg acts in turn as a propeller and a
        supporter, and in which for an instant all the limbs are
        gathered in the air under the body. --Stillman (The Horse
        in Motion).
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     5. (Athletics) To move rapidly by springing steps so that
        there is an instant in each step when neither foot touches
        the ground; -- so distinguished from walking in athletic
        competition.
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     As things run, according to the usual order, conditions,
        quality, etc.; on the average; without selection or
        specification.
  
     To let run (Naut.), to allow to pass or move freely; to
        slacken or loosen.
  
     To run after, to pursue or follow; to search for; to
        endeavor to find or obtain; as, to run after similes.
        --Locke.
  
     To run away, to flee; to escape; to elope; to run without
        control or guidance.
  
     To run away with.
        (a) To convey away hurriedly; to accompany in escape or
            elopement.
        (b) To drag rapidly and with violence; as, a horse runs
            away with a carriage.
  
     To run down.
        (a) To cease to work or operate on account of the
            exhaustion of the motive power; -- said of clocks,
            watches, etc.
        (b) To decline in condition; as, to run down in health.
  
     To run down a coast, to sail along it.
  
     To run for an office, to stand as a candidate for an
        office.
  
     To run in or To run into.
        (a) To enter; to step in.
        (b) To come in collision with.
  
     To run into To meet, by chance; as, I ran into my brother
        at the grocery store.
  
     To run in trust, to run in debt; to get credit. [Obs.]
  
     To run in with.
        (a) To close; to comply; to agree with. [R.] --T. Baker.
        (b) (Naut.) To make toward; to near; to sail close to; as,
            to run in with the land.
  
     To run mad, To run mad after or To run mad on. See
        under Mad.
  
     To run on.
        (a) To be continued; as, their accounts had run on for a
            year or two without a settlement.
        (b) To talk incessantly.
        (c) To continue a course.
        (d) To press with jokes or ridicule; to abuse with
            sarcasm; to bear hard on.
        (e) (Print.) To be continued in the same lines, without
            making a break or beginning a new paragraph.
  
     To run out.
        (a) To come to an end; to expire; as, the lease runs out
            at Michaelmas.
        (b) To extend; to spread. "Insectile animals . . . run all
            out into legs." --Hammond.
        (c) To expatiate; as, to run out into beautiful
            digressions.
        (d) To be wasted or exhausted; to become poor; to become
            extinct; as, an estate managed without economy will
            soon run out.
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                  And had her stock been less, no doubt
                  She must have long ago run out.   --Dryden.
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     To run over.
        (a) To overflow; as, a cup runs over, or the liquor runs
            over.
        (b) To go over, examine, or rehearse cursorily.
        (c) To ride or drive over; as, to run over a child.
  
     To run riot, to go to excess.
  
     To run through.
        (a) To go through hastily; as to run through a book.
        (b) To spend wastefully; as, to run through an estate.
  
     To run to seed, to expend or exhaust vitality in producing
        seed, as a plant; figuratively and colloquially, to cease
        growing; to lose vital force, as the body or mind.
  
     To run up, to rise; to swell; to grow; to increase; as,
        accounts of goods credited run up very fast.
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              But these, having been untrimmed for many years, had
              run up into great bushes, or rather dwarf trees.
                                                    --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     To run with.
        (a) To be drenched with, so that streams flow; as, the
            streets ran with blood.
        (b) To flow while charged with some foreign substance.
            "Its rivers ran with gold." --J. H. Newman.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Riot \Ri"ot\, n. [OF. riote, of uncertain origin; cf. OD. revot,
     ravot.]
     1. Wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult.
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              His headstrong riot hath no curb.     --Shak.
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     2. Excessive and exxpensive feasting; wild and loose
        festivity; revelry.
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              Venus loveth riot and dispense.       --Chaucer.
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              The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day. --Pope.
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     3. (Law) The tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by an
        unlawful assembly of three or more persons in the
        execution of some private object.
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     To run riot, to act wantonly or without restraint.
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