One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a 24-hour strike disrupted public transport’
throw into confusion, throw into disorder, throw into disarray, cause confusion in, cause turmoil in, play havoc with, derange, turn upside-down, make a mess of
disturb, disorder, disorganize, disarrange, interfere with, upset, unsettle, convulse
interrupt, suspend, discontinue
obstruct, impede, hamper
hold up, delay, retard, slow, slow down
British informal throw a spanner in the works of
North American informal throw a monkey wrench in the works of
2‘the explosion would disrupt the walls of the crater’
distort, damage, buckle, warp
break apart, break open, shatter, split, sever, cleave, split asunder
archaic sunder, rive
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