play/wreak havoc with something

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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 with

completely disrupt; cause serious damage to.
1989 Vijay Singh In Search of the River Goddess I hate contractors who come from the plains, chop down trees, play havoc with our lives.
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play/wreak ˈhavoc with something

cause damage, destruction or disorder to something: The terrible storms wreaked havoc with electricity supplies, because so many power lines were down.
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It goes without saying that a natural disaster--a hurricane, tornado, lightning strike, etc.--can potentially wreak havoc with business operations.
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The assertive, often swirling winds can wreak havoc with golfers' club selection and errant shots into the yawning surf.
The company's lasers are said to be particularly well suited for use in harsh environments that would normally wreak havoc with sensitive instrumentation, according to the literature.
In the long run, we will have to achieve a stable population that is compatible with a high quality of life for humans and that does not wreak havoc with global ecosystems.
Once this pairing occurs, the complex travels as a unit to the cell's nucleus, where it can wreak havoc with DNA's normal, genetically prescribed activities.
In the sea, as on land, garbage can wreak havoc with wildlife.