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    the difference between "run wild" and "go wild"

    I saw two phrases, go wild and run wild. I want to know if there is any difference between the meaning of them too, and if there is, then what kind of difference?
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    Re: the difference between "run wild" and "go wild"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Please give us examples in complete sentences to consider.
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    Re: the difference between "run wild" and "go wild"

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
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    He ____ (went/ran) wild when he went shopping in town for the first time.

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    Re: the difference between "run wild" and "go wild"

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie.../wild_1?q=wild
    After reading the above, I would go for 'went'.
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    Re: the difference between "run wild" and "go wild"

    I agree with Matthew. You can let your imagination run wild, and plants, animals and children can run wild if they grow up without control or discipline.

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    Re: the difference between "run wild" and "go wild"

    But Matthew went with 'went'. I would also use "run wild".
    If someone "went wild", I might assume they had an angry outburst.

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    Re: the difference between "run wild" and "go wild"

    It could also mean shopped with reckless abandon.

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    Re: the difference between "run wild" and "go wild"

    Originally posted by MikeNewYork:
    It could also mean shopped with reckless abandon.
    Exactly. That nails the connotational difference. "Go wild" is usually mild. "Run wild" is sometimes severe.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 21-Mar-2015 at 14:55. Reason: Added quote box

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    Re: the difference between "run wild" and "go wild"

    Please use "Reply with quote" if you want to quote another poster's words. That makes it clear that it is a quote from another response rather than perhaps something you found somewhere else. It also attributes the quote to the relevant poster.
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