wreak havoc

idiom

: to cause great damage
A powerful tornado wreaked havoc on the small village.
The virus wreaked havoc on my computer.

Examples of wreak havoc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moscow’s intolerance of international travelers caught with cannabis on Russian soil is again wreaking havoc, this time involving a German citizen. Benjamin Adams, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Since Parkes’ first invention, waste plastic—especially tiny particles known as microplastics, which take hundreds or thousands of years to break down into harmless molecules—has been wreaking havoc in ecosystems across the world. Stephen Armstrong, WIRED, 15 Feb. 2024 And in Antarctica’s terrestrial ecosystems, even a small non-native animal could wreak havoc. Popular Science, 15 Feb. 2024 Even worse, irregular sleep habits can wreak havoc on your heart. Sherri Gordon, Health, 9 Feb. 2024 That’s when a new, horrific mayhem begins, with the creatures wreaking havoc, tossing cars like rag dolls and snatching screaming, unsuspecting citizens. Dan Heching, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 There's a certain type of rabbit that can wreak havoc on yards no matter the geographic location. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, 31 Jan. 2024 Fact: Summer sun — in combination with the heat, humidity, and air conditioning — will wreak havoc on your skin. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Then, this week, March-like temperatures wreaked havoc on the event, leading its organizers to conclude that the lake was no longer safe for crowds. Patricia Leigh Brown, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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“Wreak havoc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wreak%20havoc. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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