wreak havoc

wreak havoc (with something)

to cause a lot of trouble with something; to ruin or damage something. Your bad attitude will wreak havoc with my project. The rainy weather wreaked havoc with our picnic plans.
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wreak havoc

to cause a lot of trouble or damage Storms wreaked havoc on both coasts of the United States.
Usage notes: often used with on: Strikes have wreaked havoc on businesses here.
See also: havoc, wreak
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Summary: The Environment Agency has issued 71 flood warnings and 165 flood alerts across England and Wales, as heavy rain continues to wreak havoc.
The humanoids, as the cartoon characters call them, aided by Doog and Uncle Wom, quickly engage in a frantic race to find Dab and his mischief makers before they can wreak havoc on the world.
can potentially wreak havoc with business operations.
Two others--frosty pod and witches broom--are found only in tropical America but would wreak havoc on the chocolate industry were they to spread to West Africa.
He claimed that Katrina was a put-up job by Japanese crime groups to wreak havoc on the U.
The only problem seems to be the restless, grasping, ever-complaining ghost of Scrooge's old partner, Jacob Marley who seems to want to wreak havoc and revenge among those he deems responsible for his dismal fate of walking the earth wrapped in the chains forged from his own avarice.
A single ecological invasion--the introduction of a nonnative species to an environment--can wreak havoc on a fragile ecosystem.
Narconon classes, given to students in grades three to 12, advance Scientology concepts, such as claims that the "body stores all kinds of toxins indefinitely in fat, where they wreak havoc on the mind until 'sweated' out," wrote Nanette Asimov for the Chronicle.
Once you've arrived, if you're prone to motion sickness avoid travel on rural roads or onboard a ship; it can wreak havoc.
I am also concerned about the newsletter's use of the term "most" when referring to the proverbial handful of colleges that are hyper-selective and wreak havoc for the true most of us.
Read below how steroids wreak havoc with brain and body.
A new class of XML-related threats, including XML Denial of Service attacks, can readily be launched to consume server CPU cycles and wreak havoc on mission-critical applications and business productivity.
The company's lasers are said to be particularly well suited for use in harsh environments that would normally wreak havoc with sensitive instrumentation, according to the literature.
Currently, each ISP acts independently and has its own network operations center (NOC) that allows security specialists to constantly monitor network traffic and catch outages, viruses, and attacks before they can wreak havoc.
Wonder Woman's island home, and to release the great underground evil they guard and wreak havoc on the world of humans.