| - Gorka Dieitz-Sanxurxo |
今週の #WOTW は「riot」です。’Riot’ is a noun and a verb, and it’s also used in at least one phrase with more than one meaning. Let’s dive into it!
First, the noun.
- The police couldn’t contain the riot. (A violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd.)
- Her skimpy dress caused a riot on the red carpet. (An uproar.)
- The politicians intervention caused a riot in the chamber. (See above.)
- A riot of emotions went through his head when she told him that she was leaving him. (An outburst of uncontrolled feelings.)
- There was a riot of food at the wedding luncheon. (An impressively large or varied display of something.)
- He’s such a riot! (This is informal. A highly amusing or entertaining person or thing.)
Let’s have a look at the verb now.
- In 1968 students rioted in the streets of Paris. (Take part in a violent public disturbance.)
- Feelings of dispossession and impotence rioted through him when he was evicted by the police. (Behave in an unrestrained way.)
Let us finish with a phrase.
- [run riot] Every night thugs run riot in the neighbourhood. We need more police. (Behave in a violent and unrestrained way.)
- [run riot] Children’s imagination run riot when they play together. (Function or be expressed without restraint.)
- [run riot] Hatred against immigrants runs riot through Europe, but so does solidarity. (Proliferate or spread uncontrollably.)