play havoc

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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.
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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.
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We did go all-out since December and the purpose was not to raise havoc.
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It's another polished production of over-the-top adult entertainment that will have you wince, whimper and whoop in equal measure as you harness the powers bestowed upon you and raise havoc across the city.
It's another polished production of over-the-top adult entertainment that will make you wince, whimper and whoop in equal measure as you harness the powers bestowed upon you and raise havoc across the city.
The 6-3, 245-pound Irvin isn't a three-down player, just one who can - don't choke on your cereal - raise havoc on third down in obvious passing situations.
Does all this mean the modern airgun won't raise havoc with some scopes designed for cartridge type recoil?
Further, the financial crisis in Europe continues to raise havoc with Wall Street and American companies' international operations.
Twisted or out-of-plumb rough openings raise havoc with door installations.
They are long-eared creatures that eat everything in your garden, dig holes, and generally raise havoc.
Chloe finally gets to go on a first date with Simon, but their romantic interlude is cut short with the arrival of two werewolves determined to raise havoc.
To the Editor: In "The Drone Warriors" (January 2010) concern was expressed about the "enemy" exploiting our drone technology to raise havoc such as to "shut down Manhattan with a budget of $50,000.
This would raise havoc with agriculture and economies, and result in worldwide social and political upheaval.
Several different phenomena, most of them interrelated, have the potential to raise havoc in the camps.
I'm not a doomsayer, however water contamination can come from many directions--cracked pipes, loose couplings, leaking in-ground fuel storage tanks, even well drillings from a mile away and bouts of area flooding can raise havoc with wells.
If your diesel engines operate north of the Mason Dixon Line, Old Man Winter can raise havoc, or at least cause you some trouble for a couple of months.