(to be) out of control

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - out of control

"(to be) out of control"

not responding to direction or instruction, as a machine


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - out of control

"(to be) out of control"

acting wildly or violently


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - out of control

"(to be) out of control"

unable to be managed or limited


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - out of control

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What's wrong with your computer?

Colleague 2:  I'm not sure.  The screen just keeps filling up with random images, goes blank and starts over again.

Colleague 1:  Sometimes when a computer goes out of control, it is necessary to turn the power off.

Colleague 2:  Good idea.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - out of control

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Did you see the news about the lion on the subway?

Friend 2:  No. What happened?

Friend 1:  Apparently, a lion got on the subway somehow and went out of control and started attacking people.

Friend 2:  Sounds frightening.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - out of control

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was your holiday?

Friend 2:  My holiday was great but my garden is in terrible shape.

Friend 1:  Why is that?

Friend 2:  I guess it rained quite a bit while I was away and that allowed the weeds to grow out of control. It's going to take me a week to get the garden back under control.

(to be) out of control - Usage:


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(to be) out of control - Gerund Form:

Being out of control, the car crashed.

Playing out of control, the children hurt themselves.

Growing out of control, the weeds took over the entire garden.

(to be) out of control - Examples:

1)  ... of "time-outs" may be used when the child's behavior gets out of control. In a time-out, the child is removed from the upsetting situation and sits ...

2)  I got the sense that his guys were out of control, so excited by the freedom from ad-hoc oversight that they were running wild.

3)  The entrance to the garage area shouldn't allow an out of control car to get behind the wall.

4)  I combine with Ultimate eye gel, because my dark circles are out of control.

5)  The police in Texas are getting out of control. They are militarized, overbearing and are either harassing drivers like this guy or ...

6)  Some leaders fear looking weak and out of control by refusing to accept accountability.

7)  ... the growth or reproduction of the cell, that cell may begin proliferating out of control and become cancerous.

8)  The animal is out of control and the animal's handler does not take effective action to control it.

9)  I love plots and characters that escalate out of control, I often find character development is far more interesting than plot twists, ...

10)  While I feel out of control and like I am being dragged by the tides that surround me I will surrender ...

11)  Your file size has gone spiraling out of control and you can't figure out why.

12)  The Ref's let the game get out of control

13)  I think that Michael killing Fredo was to show us "how out of control" Michael and his situation had become.

14)  ... was mainly to protect us from our own government in case it got out of control and became oppressive.

15)  ... there is the NRA. And now there are the people that are out of control. The country is one big mess.

16)  The fire burns out of control, and scorches half of the island.

17)  ... really too late to fix it because world population is way over out of control. Nobody will admit it.

18)  ... puddle or a patch of black ice, and she finds herself careening out of control

19)  Consumerism despoils the environment. The future, they say, is dangerously out of control, and unless we rein in these forces of change and guide them closely, ...

20)  It's okay to be mad, very upset, out of control, and use bad language that's ordinarily not allowed.