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Examples of wreak in a Sentence
Gangs have been wreaking mayhem in the city.
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And George would wreak havoc in space, denying lanes and turning every deflection into a fast break.
Cut to 33 years later, when the Penguin emerges from the sewers with a gang of circus clowns to wreak havoc on Gotham City.
And on Super Bowl Sunday, the actress wreaked havoc in the sky again — by taking over the loudspeaker for football and Bridesmaids-quoting purposes.
The insecurity has wreaked havoc on local businesses, forcing some to shutter in the face of extortion.
The 6-foot-5 Crutcher, who finished with a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds, keyed it as the front man on West's 1-2-2 zone press that continues to wreak havoc on most opponents.
Fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid coming into Kensington from China via Mexican dealers, is wreaking havoc everywhere, Daley said.
The weather and climate events wreaked a record $306.2 billion of damages, NOAA said.
The youths, one 14 and the rest 15, used tables and other broken pieces of furniture to wreak havoc in a housing unit, authorities said.
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Wreak is a venerable word that first appeared in Old English as wrecan, meaning "to drive, drive out, punish, or avenge." "Wrecan" is related to a number of similar words in the Germanic languages, including Middle Dutch "wreken" ("to punish, avenge"), Old High German rehhan ("to avenge"), Old Norse "reka" ("to drive, push, or avenge"), and Gothic "wrikan" ("to persecute"). It may also be related to Latin urgēre ("to drive on, urge"), the source of the English verb "urge." In modern English, vengeance is a common object of the verb "wreak," reflecting one of its earlier uses in the sense "to take vengeance for" - as when Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus proclaims "We will solicit heaven, and move the gods / To send down Justice for to wreak our wrongs."
Origin and Etymology of wreak
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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