Definition of rampage in English:



  • (especially of a large group of people) rush around in a violent and uncontrollable manner.

    ‘several thousand demonstrators rampaged through the city’
    • ‘The desperate peace moves came as gangs armed with guns and machetes rampaged through the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince in the latest outbreak of violence there.’
    • ‘In 2001, protesters rampaged through Genoa in Italy.’
    • ‘The government imposed a round-the-clock curfew after mobs of stick-wielding youths rampaged through the city on Friday after a dispute between residents in a suburb escalated into a riot.’
    • ‘There were men dressed in dark armor rampaging around the city with torches and weapons.’
    • ‘In the film, Douglas suddenly cracks one day while waiting in one too many traffic jams before rampaging across the city with a gun.’
    • ‘The Turks are rampaging across Asia, the first Crusaders are at the Empire's gates, and warfare is about to break out.’
    • ‘Violent disturbances in 1998 and 1999 saw mobs of Asian youths hurl fireworks at police as they rampaged through the streets.’
    • ‘With the Hampshire police spotter plane circling above the scene the mob rampaged over cars and vans, smashing shop windows and trashing four police vehicles parked on a petrol station forecourt.’
    • ‘Group Four security staff were threatened and intimidated as gangs of detainees, some of them sporting home-made masks rampaged through the complex, the court was told.’
    • ‘Football hooligans have already been captured on television rampaging through the streets of Portugal.’
    • ‘The second point that should be hammered home is that the hoodlums who rampaged through the Pune institute decided to express their sentiments after Laine's book had been withdrawn.’
    • ‘The violence marked resumption of disturbances at the flashpoint Holy Cross primary school as Catholic parents and Protestant residents rampaged after a confrontation as the parents arrived to pick their children up.’
    • ‘In the latest incident, up to 100 youths aged from 13 to 18 rampaged at the John Burrows recreation ground in Rectory Road, Hadleigh.’
    • ‘Innocent victims caught up in the riots spoke last night of their terror as a mob rampaged along the streets they call home.’
    • ‘The casualties came as police tried to control rioting mobs who rampaged through the city, burning and looting shops and stoning vehicles.’
    • ‘This remains a graphic account of the Gordon Riots, when the London mob, inspired by anti-Catholicism, rampaged across the capital until stopped by the firm hand of George III.’
    • ‘It was members of this group that rampaged through the city two weeks ago and have been hijacking vehicles and breaking into houses in the vicinity of parliament.’
    • ‘They are also the insidious individuals who rampaged outside a dying man's home, and have taken advantage of a gullible collaborator regarding illegal billboards on his front lawn.’
    • ‘Leaving a trail of devastation behind him, a disgruntled store owner rampaged through a small Colorado town smashing buildings and cars with a makeshift armoured bulldozer.’
    • ‘Hunters scoured thick forests today searching for a wild elephant that rampaged through villages on both sides of the India-Nepal border, trampling 12 people to death.’
    rush madly, rush wildly, riot, run riot, go on the rampage, run amok, go berserk, storm, charge, tear
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  • A period of violent and uncontrollable behavior, typically involving a large group of people.

    ‘thugs went on a rampage and wrecked a classroom’
    • ‘Diepsloot residents went on the rampage, stoning cars and burning two government buildings.’
    • ‘Five nurses were attacked when a man went on the rampage through a South Yorkshire hospital, a judge heard.’
    • ‘A leading councillor has called for a major purge on problem youths after a gang of masked thugs carrying baseball bats went on the rampage.’
    • ‘You don't need to don headgear and go on a rampage through the streets.’
    • ‘Hamer residents say they are living in fear after gangs went on the rampage and vandalised cars.’
    • ‘This is a guy who went on a rampage, killing people as they came at him, allegedly.’
    • ‘Terrified residents fled when a Rottweiler went on the rampage - attacking one woman and five dogs.’
    • ‘They went on the rampage pushing over marble and granite headstones and smashing family's memorials to their loved ones.’
    • ‘After a hard week of training, I was very ready to get involved in the mayhem of a pirate rampage.’
    • ‘A gang of drunken youths robbed a woman and attacked passers-by when they went on the rampage in the centre of York.’
    • ‘Police also went on the rampage after the demonstration, attacking shoppers and arresting children.’
    • ‘After that the crowd went on a rampage of window breaking and looting.’
    • ‘An angry pensioner is offering a £500 reward after vandals went on a weekend rampage.’
    • ‘Property was destroyed as the Crown forces went on a lawless rampage.’
    • ‘A while ago some elephants got loose in Seoul and went on a rampage.’
    • ‘Children as young as 12 were part of a drunken gang of up to 150 youngsters who went on the rampage in Milnrow.’
    • ‘Thieves went on the rampage in the Kenmare and Sneem area early on Friday morning when they raided a pub, restaurant and a local shop.’
    • ‘A year after football fans went on the rampage in Croydon the council says lessons have been learnt.’
    • ‘His supporters, however, were enraged by the verdict, and went on a rampage, setting fire to the state buildings.’
    • ‘Neil Griffin, who runs Clifton Hardware, suffered a broken window last week after youths went on the rampage with baseball bats.’
    berserk, out of control, wild, violent, frenzied, running amok, rioting, riotous, destructive, rampaging
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Late 17th century: perhaps based on the verb ramp and the noun rage.