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riot noun

ADJ. major, serious | full-scale | violent | inner-city, urban | prison | race | student | bread, food Shortages eventually led to food riots.

VERB + RIOT cause, provoke, spark (off), start The city's housing and unemployment problems sparked serious riots. | put down, quell

RIOT + VERB begin, break out, erupt, occur, start Prison riots broke out over worsening conditions.

RIOT + NOUN police, squad | gear, shield | control

PREP. during/in a/the ~ He was killed in the riots. | ~ against/over a riot against bread prices

PHRASES run riot Fans ran riot after the match, overturning cars and looting shops.