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wreak havoc

To cause a lot of problems. Termites have wreaked havoc on the structural integrity of our house, unfortunately.
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wreak havoc (with something)

to cause a lot of trouble with something; to ruin or damage something. Your bad attitude will wreak havoc with my project. The rainy weather wreaked havoc with our picnic plans.
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Heavy monsoon rains continued lashing Sibi, Bolan and adjoining areas for last 24 hours, due to which Nari River received flash flood which wreaked havoc in the region, destroying several villages and damaging mud houses, making hundreds of local dwellers internally displaced.
The court heard Hughes had wreaked havoc upon the community in Cilfynydd for years and neighbourhood beat manager Catherine Griffiths said: "It really got to the point where many members of the community were living in fear, which was totally unacceptable.
Summary: A freight train has been swept off a bridge after floodwater wreaked havoc in Australia's Northern Territory.
KOHISTAN, August 26, 2011 (Balochistan Times): At least thirty-three people have killed, dozens have gone missing and more than eighty houses have been destroyed as flood wreaked havoc in Kundiyaan, area of Kohistan here on Thursday.
Rainfall has wreaked havoc on Southern California this year.
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has released $7,000 towards emergency relief efforts for survivors of typhoons that wreaked havoc in at least five regions in the Philippines and killed more than 1,000 people and left about 800,000 families homeless.
In Roby's sixth book, Curtis Black, charismatic pastor who previously wreaked havoc in Casting the First Stone, is now divorced and returns to the pulpit.
Catastrophe 88," as the storm was known, wreaked havoc across much of the Midwest, covering 18 states May 2 through May 11 and resulting in more than $3.
When a land bridge formed between North America and South America between 5 million and 2 million years ago, the fierce predators that invaded South America wreaked havoc on the plant eaters there, especially those too large to burrow underground.
On the heels of the longest bull run in history, last year's down market wreaked havoc at many financial services firms.
00 gal in a number of huge bulk markets after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita wreaked havoc at the U.
Summary: Football fans have wreaked havoc in the city of Cali in Colombia after their team was relegated to the second division of the national league.
KOHISTAN, August 26, 2011 (Frontier Star): At least thirty-three people have killed, dozens have gone missing and more than eighty houses have been destroyed as flood wreaked havoc in Kundiyaan, area of Kohistan here on Thursday.
Healing process: Absences and illness have wreaked havoc with the Angels regular lineup this spring, but Scioscia was encouraged by what he saw in their 6-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
This week we witnessed nature's power and fury as Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast causing damages in the untold billions," said Laurence M.