play havoc

play havoc with (someone or something)

To cause issues or disruptions for someone or something. The road closures have played havoc with rush-hour traffic. This humidity is going to play havoc with my hair.
See also: havoc, play

play havoc

Also, raise or wreak havoc . Disrupt, damage, or destroy something, as in The wind played havoc with her hair, or The fire alarm raised havoc with the children, or The earthquake wrought havoc in the town. The noun havoc was once used as a command for invaders to begin looting and killing, but by the 1800s the term was being used for somewhat less aggressive activities. For a synonym, see play the devil with.
See also: havoc, play
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Summary: Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Aug 16 (ANI): As flood continues to play havoc in Maharashtra, the death toll in all five districts of Pune division including Sangli, Kolhapur, Satara, Pune and Solapur has risen to 54.
(R) Muhammad Usman said that nobody would be allowed to play havoc with lives of the people.
Murtaza Mughal said that masses have been subjected to harsh treatment by allowing profiteers to play havoc with them and by the frequent rounds of devaluation and energy price hikes.
NDMA added that at least 80 houses have been damaged as torrential rain continued to play havoc across the country.
Summary: Rumours of child abductors play havoc in the city
As humans we tend to pay the bill Nature at times can play havoc with our lives It does as it pleases without compromise Nature creates beauty as well as hell And miracles at times as well Mother Nature can make and also break Given birth this is a chance we take Nature's greatest creation is the earth And the second is of course our birth GEORGE MCLANDERS
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QUINTON DE KOCK scored his third successive century and AB de Villiers top-scored with 109 only for rain to play havoc with the third one-day inter national between South Africa and India, which was eventually abandoned at Centurion.
WITH many teams still trying hard to catch up with their backlog of games, the number of surprise results continues to play havoc with teams' prospects of winning league titles.
Too much food or alcohol just before bedtime can play havoc with sleep patterns.
These high temperatures can play havoc with older versions of the modern burner unit (MBU) or MBUs that haven't been upgraded by MWO 7310-281-55-1.
Light and air are natural incubators for mold and they play havoc with climate control.
Broad laughs don't only drown out wry grins, they play havoc with characterisation.
IT MUST play havoc with the house prices when your neighbourhood is famous for mob killings.