raise the devil with (someone or something)

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raise the devil with (someone or something)

1. To cause a lot of serious issues or disruptions for someone or something. The road closures have raised the devil with rush-hour traffic. The blizzard is raising the devil with travelers flying in and out of the region.
2. To make a lot of angry, vocal complaints with someone or some group, department, organization, etc. There's been one customer raising the devil with our customer service team for the last week over some issue with his software. The problem isn't going to go away on its own—you need to go raise some the devil with your boss or the head of HR.
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raise the devil (with someone)

and raise hell (with someone)
tv. to confront someone and complain or scold. I really raised the devil with my brother for being late. She’s raising hell again. What’s it this time?
See also: devil, raise, someone

raise the devil (with something)

and raise hell (with something)
tv. to cause trouble with something. That idea raises hell with my plan.
See also: devil, raise, something