play hell with

play hell with someone or something

Fig. to cause enormous disruptions with someone or something. (Use discretion with hell.) Your proposal would play hell with Gerry and his plans. This new event really plays hell with my schedule.
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play (merry) hell with something

  (informal)
to stop something from working as it should The power cuts played merry hell with our computer systems.
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His friend and class fellow Syed Hussain Naqvi told in our last meeting Capt Asfandyar said, soon he be directly fighting the terrorists and play hell with them and he proved it fighting in Badhber.
Lord Kinnock wrote in yesterday's Observer: "In the leadership election, we are not choosing the chair of a discussion group who can preside over two years or more of fascinating debate while the Tories play hell with cuts in local services and public investment, extend injustice and flatlining incomes, sustain or worsen private debt, and deepen the balance of payments, productivity, housing and poverty deficits.
And he would play hell with the referees on the television if they let players off for swearing or the like.
THE GREAT NORTH RUN A half marathon I've discovered is more than 10 miles That's going to wobble me innards and play hell with me piles Apparently there are stops for water but not any pies Regardless of my entreaties and my starvation cries It is also sung that the road is lone and unending It is not what I thought and not what I was intending So here I am in my new trainers and vest Facing this Sunday when I should be at rest People all around stretching and looking quite fit Here I am with me fat kite feeling a bloody old twit.
They're going to win and then they're going to play hell with Ireland
THE weather is due to play hell with the Wimbledon schedule today, but at least Tim Henman is safely through to the second round.
When that happens to my regular ISP I call in and play hell with them until it's fixed.
Furthermore, a heat wave will play hell with sleep schedules, leading, again, to drowsiness.
Heels, however, shorten the calf muscles and play hell with the balls of your feet.