One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘dust will play havoc with electrical systems’
disturb, disrupt, disorder, disorganize, disarrange, interfere with, upset, unsettle, convulse
obstruct, impede, hamper
hold up, delay, retard, slow, slow down
throw into confusion, throw into disorder, throw into disarray, cause confusion in, cause turmoil in, derange, turn upside-down, make a mess of
ruin, wreck, spoil, undo, mar, frustrate, blight, crush, quell, quash, dash, scotch, shatter, devastate, demolish, sabotage
informal mess up, screw up, louse up, foul up, make a hash of, do in, put paid to, put the lid on, put the kibosh on, stymie, queer, nix, banjax, blow a hole in
British informal scupper, dish, throw a spanner in the works of
North American informal throw a monkey wrench in the works of
Australian informal euchre, cruel
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