wreak havoc

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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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References in classic literature ?
With javelins snatched from the wall he wrought havoc among the foremost of the Okarians while we battled with the insensate metal that stood between our fellows and freedom.
Of course, all sorts of depredators visited the place from time to time: foxes and gipsies wrought havoc in the night; while in the daytime, I regret to have to confess that visits from the Rugby boys, and consequent disappearances of ancient and respectable fowls were not unfrequent.
A BANK holiday burglary gang wrought havoc across the district as families dropped their guard in the sunshine.
Tuason, who appeared antsy at times in her return to the witness stand, was accused of pocketing P242 million of the funds intended for victims of back-to-back typhoons, which wrought havoc in Mindanao in 2009, but were instead diverted to the fake foundations of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the suspected architect of the P10-billion pork barrel racket.
As has been well documented over the past few decades, when young people have nothing meaningful to occupy them they will so easily fall prey to criminally minded vultures such as drug pushers, the likes of which have wrought havoc and misery in villages, towns and cities throughout Wales.
A half-time substitution for Albion was inevitable, and the arrival of Hughes had an immediate impact as the striker wrought havoc with his running at the heart of Derby's defence.
Computer worker Jimmy Scully said his neighbour Rita Leonard, 62, has wrought havoc on the sleepy village of Tonemace, Co Galway, frightening both children and adults.
The unpredictable increases wrought havoc on the companies' actuarial estimates and business projections, and shattered the dreams of thousands of parents who found their children's college plans suddenly worthless.
Only eight players managed to break par as high winds wrought havoc on the back nine.
And it's not just the play rain has wrought havoc with.
The number of casualties from the 18th weather disturbance to hit the country this year was small compared to the more than 6,000 fatalities when Yolanda wrought havoc in the Visayas in November last year.
If RCT go ahead with these swingeing cuts in spending, young people who would normally be attending weekly lessons and orchestral rehearsals will be out on the streets and vulnerable to the odious drug pushers who have wrought havoc in the towns and valleys of South Wales.
A ground war against Serb forces who have wrought havoc across the region would take around 60,000 men and cost hundreds of lives, analysts said.
Glynn, 33 - a gold medal hope for the 2,000 Olympics - was competing in the classic Sydney to Hobart sailing race when hurricane-force winds wrought havoc, killing at least two others and leaving 18 more missing.
Supertyphoon "Yolanda" and the typhoons that have wrought havoc on oncestormfree Mindanao are howling reminders of that disproportionate burden.