play hob (with someone or something)

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play hob (with someone or something)

slang To cause disruptions (for someone or something). "Hob" is short for "hobgoblin," a type of imp or elf that causes mischief. This wonky Internet connection is playing hob with my work day. The nasty weather played hob with our plans for the weekend.
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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.
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And others say the change will do more harm than good because it will play hob with airline schedules and the internal clocks on computers and myriad other gadgets programmed with the current time schedule.
Lead deposits in the mouth of the chamber play hob with accuracy, and are rather stubborn to remove.
Besides damage to tree farmers, nurseries and sawmills, the moths can play hob with a region's tourism.