Definition of out of control in US English:

out of control


  • No longer possible to manage.

    ‘fires burning out of control’
    • ‘She wants to warn others how easy it is to let debts spiral out of control.’
    • ‘One of the fires, underneath flats at Angel Mill, threatened to blaze out of control.’
    • ‘Health service chiefs were accused today of allowing hospital superbugs to run out of control.’
    • ‘Pensioners worry not just about going out at night, but during the day because crime is out of control.’
    • ‘They also attended the larger organised events to make sure the fires were not burning out of control.’
    • ‘Some sort of rules must be put in place or the problem will continue to spiral out of control.’
    • ‘As the car spun out of control, a bystander was struck and thrown up against a parked car.’
    • ‘I remember reading a story about a bickering argument that got out of control.’
    • ‘A motorist whose car spun out of control and smashed into a tree on a country road near York has died in hospital.’
    • ‘The decision was taken purely and simply because the costs got out of control.’
    uncontrollable, unmanageable, ungovernable, wild, unruly, disorderly, recalcitrant, refractory, obstreperous, turbulent, intractable, incorrigible, disobedient, delinquent, insubordinate, defiant, non-compliant, undisciplined
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