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Play havoc

Also, raise or wreak havoc . Disrupt, damage, or destroy something, as in The wind played havoc with her hair , or The fire alarm raised havoc with the children , or The earthquake wrought havoc in the town . The noun havoc was once used as a command for invaders to begin looting and killing, but by the 1800s the term was being used for somewhat less aggressive activities. For a synonym, see play the devil with


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  • Play hooky

    verb phrase To stay away from work and duty, or esp from school without an excuse; be truant [1848+; probably fr hook it] Be absent from school or some other obligation without permission, as in It was such a beautiful day that Herb played hooky from work. In this term, the noun hooky may have […]

  • Playhouse

    [pley-hous] /ˈpleɪˌhaʊs/ noun, plural playhouses [pley-hou-ziz] /ˈpleɪˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA) 1. a theater. 2. a small house for children to play in. 3. a toy house. /ˈpleɪˌhaʊs/ noun 1. a theatre where live dramatic performances are given 2. a toy house, small room, etc, for children to play in n. late Old English pleghus; see […]

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