raise havoc with (someone or something)

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raise havoc with (someone or something)

To cause a lot of serious issues or disruptions for someone or something. The road closures have raised havoc with rush-hour traffic. The blizzard is raising havoc with travelers flying in and out of the region.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

raise havoc with someone or something

 and play havoc with someone or something
to create confusion or disruption for or among someone or something. Your announcement raised havoc with the students. I didn't mean to play havoc with them.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Injuries to starting left tackles Brian Kilkenny (broken left leg) and Lee Davis (right knee) raised havoc with the offensive line, including the shifting of starting left guard Mike Kuykendall to left tackle.