play\ havoc\ with

play\ havoc\ with
• play havoc with
• raise havoc with
v. phr.
To cause destruction; ruin; injure badly.

The storm played havoc with the apple orchard.

When Ralph was arrested for stealing the car, it played havoc with his plans for going to college.

When Mr. White poisoned the cat, it played havoc with his reputation in the neighborhood.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • play havoc with — or[raise havoc with] {v. phr.} To cause destruction; ruin; injure badly. * /The storm played havoc with the apple orchard./ * /When Ralph was arrested for stealing the car, it played havoc with his plans for going to college./ * /When Mr. White… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play havoc with — or[raise havoc with] {v. phr.} To cause destruction; ruin; injure badly. * /The storm played havoc with the apple orchard./ * /When Ralph was arrested for stealing the car, it played havoc with his plans for going to college./ * /When Mr. White… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • play havoc with — interfere with, cause sudden changes    The wind played havoc with the ball, causing it to rise or fall …   English idioms

  • play havoc with — completely disrupt. → havoc …   English new terms dictionary

  • play havoc with — idi a) to create confusion or disorder in b) to destroy; ruin …   From formal English to slang

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