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Amok

(ā`mŏk), in the Bible, post-Exilic Jewish family.

Amok

 

a mental illness observed among the inhabitants of the Malay Archipelago.

The illness manifests itself in a paroxysmal disruption of consciousness, arising suddenly or after a short period of mental disturbance. The afflicted person starts running, senselessly destroying everything in his path. When the attack is over, recollection of what happened is extremely vague or completely absent.

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In 1663 the word amok was set into dictionaries as the idea of `a frenzied Malay'.
Patiently ridden, Amok cruised around the field on the home turn and briefly headed a driven The Romford Pele (ran well at Cheltenham next time) before tiring and making a mess of the last, eventually finishing fourth.
CATTLE MARKET: The escaped bull, caught on CCTV inside the antiques centre where it ran amok
Eden Strang ran amok naked, attacking worshippers with the weapon attending a service at Thornton Heath, South London in November 1999.
The new court may very well run amok, but with passage of our bill, American men and women in uniform will be protected.
It referred to the actions of Rockford Bishop Thomas Doran as "prolife politics gone amok.
But even if Random House hadn't tarted up Preston's expanded version of his New Yorker piece about a deadly jungle virus run amok in suburban Washington, this book would have been a runaway hit.
DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS, DOZens of grass-roots property-rights organizations have sprung up across the country to protest what their members see as environmental regulations run amok.
THE MOTHER of the 23-year-old rookie policeman who was arrested on Sunday afternoon after running amok inside the Manila Police District (MPD) headquarters blamed his colleagues for the incident, saying her son was a victim of bullying.
Flesh-eating corpses run amok at Universal Studios Hollywood's Director's Cut attraction.
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At their most sweeping--as in the New West panorama Phoenix, Arizona, August 1979, 1979/2003, which features a line of riders on horseback meandering through desert scrub while the city's Mission-lite suburbs hover in the background--the photographs seem to collapse the narrative of manifest destiny into a fractured fairy tale of visual clutter run amok.