play (merry) hell with (someone or something)(redirected from play merry hell with them)
play (merry) hell with (someone or something)
informal To cause issues or disruptions for someone or something. This wonky Internet signal is playing merry hell with my site edits right now.
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.
play merry hellmainly BRITISH
If someone plays hell or plays merry hell, they cause trouble by behaving badly or complaining a lot. I went to the school and played hell with them. She played merry hell and stormed out in a rage. Note: Verbs such as kick up, raise or create can be used instead of play. I will be raising merry hell at the meeting tomorrrow.
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play merry hell with somethingmainly BRITISH
If one thing plays hell with another or plays merry hell with another, the first thing has a bad effect on the second one or causes great confusion. Divorce and remarriage play hell with property and inheritance law. Slugs play merry hell with growing plants.
play (merry) hell withthrow into turmoil; disrupt. informal
play (merry) ˈhell with somebody/something(British English, informal) disturb, upset or trouble somebody/something very much: These storms play merry hell with our TV reception.
play hell with someone/somethingand play the devil with someone/something
tv. to cause difficulty for someone or something. You know that this cake is going to play hell with my diet. Your driving is playing the devil with my upset stomach.