play merry hell with

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of play merry hell with

British
: to cause many problems for (someone or something) : to have a very bad effect on (someone or something)
  • High food prices are playing merry hell with the nation's economy.

Word by Word Definitions

play play
  1. : swordplay

  2. : game, sport

  3. : the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. : to engage in sport or recreation : frolic

  2. : to have sexual relations

  3. : to move aimlessly about : trifle

merry play
  1. : giving pleasure : delightful

  2. : full of gaiety or high spirits : mirthful

  3. : marked by festivity or gaiety

hell play
  1. : a nether world in which the dead continue to exist : hades

  2. : the nether realm of the devil and the demons in which condemned people suffer everlasting punishment

  3. : error, sin


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