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play hob (with someone or something)

slang To cause issues or disruptions for someone or something. "Hob" is short for "hobgoblin," a type of imp or elf that causes mischief. This wonky Internet signal is playing hob with my work day. The nasty weather played hob with our plans for the weekend.
See also: hob, play, someone

raise hob (with someone or something)

slang To cause issues or disruptions for someone or something. "Hob" is short for "hobgoblin," a type of imp or elf that causes mischief. This wonky Internet signal is raising hob with my work day. The nasty weather raised hob with our plans for the weekend.
See also: hob, raise, someone

raise hob with someone or something

 and play hob with someone or something
to do something devilish to someone or something; to cause trouble for someone or something. (A hob is a hobgoblin, a wicked little elf.) Your sudden arrival is going to play hob with my dinner plans. Sorry, I didn't mean to raise hob with you.
See also: hob, raise

play (or raise) hob

cause mischief; make a fuss. North American
Hob is short for hobgoblin and is used in this mid 19th-century expression to mean the devil . Compare with raise Cain (at Cain) and raise the devil (at devil).
1993 Canadian Living When rain finally came, it wouldn't stop and played hob with the lentils that were growing there for the first time in a big way.
See also: hob, play
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Among the prominent candidates of "Fi Hob Misr," are journalist Mostafa Bakry, former sports minister Taher Abu Zeid, and former information minister Osama Heikal.
HOB X11Gate enables simple and convenient remote access for large corporations with heterogeneous client and server architectures.
A full-scale rescue operation was launched when the Golden Lab' started the blaze after he reached up to the stove and knocked one of the hobs on.
Four positions led to a significant change in ICP: (a) supine with HOB 45[degrees] (decrease), (b) left lateral with HOB 15[degrees] (increase), (c) fight lateral with HOB 15[degrees] (increase), and (d) knee elevation with HOB (decrease).
HOB VDI-VS1 (Virtual Solution One) has been designed for accessing virtual desktop infrastructures over a company LAN.
A variety of hob materials and coatings have been tested to maximize the hob life and thus reduce the cost per piece.
Since developing the world's first dry cutting gear production system using no cutting fluid in 1997, MHI has expanded its dry-cut product offerings, including machine tools such as gear hobbing machines and gear shaping machines as well as cutting tools such as super dry hobs and super dry gear shaper cutters.
All four hobs were glowing bright red when their bodies were found by their son Darren last May.
International IT consulting group Avanade, jointly owned by Microsoft and Accenture, said on Thursday (1 November) that it has acquired the Danish consulting company HOB Business Solutions A/S.
Los Angeles-based HOB ran 10 House of Blues locations in cities such as Toronto, San Diego and Dallas.
It was shown that the performance of the hob was highly affected by the recoating and the.
It's summer and that means a visit to the granddaddy of Sarasota's outdoor luncheon spots--the Hob Nob.
Ovens were the cooks' priority, but today oven top or hob cooking is more popular.
For Claire Vernon, of Cardiff University, all it took was an electric hob to confuse a friend and set off the fire alarms.
McVitie's is strengthening its hold on the sweet end of the snack market with the addition of another big biscuit barrel favourite -- Chocolate Hob Nobs -- to its sweet mini bagged snacks range.