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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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A JUDGE imposed a two-year curfew to confine a young troublemaker from wreaking havoc on his neighbours when he is released from prison.
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A mysterious creature is roaming the oceans, wreaking havoc on ships.
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It's a concept that has received much publicity in Michigan, where the invasive emerald ash borer has been wreaking havoc on the local ash population.
With rolling blackouts wreaking havoc on California businesses, growing companies across the country have moved energy supply to the top of their list of criteria for selecting new corporate locations.
If you choose to be an evil tyrant and amuse yourself by wreaking havoc on the people with lightning storms and decimate them with marauding creatures, you will rule by tear.
Besides wreaking havoc with the terms of the mind/body split, this unusual vantage point also interrupts the normative logic of the gaze and the objectifying subjectivity it is often said to imply.
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As the clock ticks past midnight on December 31, 1999, many software-driven systems may respond as though the year 1900 followed 1999, potentially wreaking havoc with normal operations in virtually every sector of the economy.
By midnight--when Russell, Hitchcock and their bandmates were back safe at Havana's famed Hotel Nacional--Dennis was wreaking havoc throughout the city.
Whether it's an epidemic of missing adolescent boys, a stalker who might be Ellis's deceased father or one of his fictional creations, or a possessed Furby doll intent on wreaking havoc, the author's always compelling storytelling skills will keep you turning pages.