Amok laufen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Amok, from the Malay word amuk, meaning attacking or killing frenziedly + the (German) verb laufen (to run), from Old High German loufan (compare Old Saxon hlōpan). The formula is also found in English run amok.

Verb[edit]

Amok laufen (class 7 strong, third-person singular simple present läuft Amok, past tense lief Amok, past participle Amok gelaufen, auxiliary sein)

  1. to run amok.
    • 2000, Hubert Frank, Auch Zwerge werfen Schatten, Books on Demand GmbH, page 323:
      Dann stürzte der Mann aus dem Gasthaus, lief Amok über den Platz, schoß wie von Sinnen in die von allen Seiten herbeieilenden Sowjets, legte mindestens die Hälfte davon um, bis er selbst unter dem Kugelhagel der ihn angreifenden Soldaten fiel. Es war Walter Bartmann, Noras Vater...
      Then the man rushed out of the inn, ran amok around the square, shot, as if he were out of his mind, into the mass of Soviets hurrying past in all directions, dropped at least half of them, until he himself fell under the hail of bullets from the soldiers who were attacking him. It was Walter Bartmann, Nora's father...
    • 2005, Dudley W Buffa, Gunnar Kwisinski, Evangeline: Roman‎, page 349:
      Ohne ihn wären die Leute Amok gelaufen und hätten sich gegenseitig umgebracht, um zu überleben.
      Without him the people would have run amok and would have killed one another in order to survive.

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