play (merry) hell with

play (merry) hell with
play (merry) hell with informal phrase
to cause trouble for someone or something

The fog played merry hell with the traffic.

Thesaurus: to cause problems for someone or somethingsynonym
Main entry: hell

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  • play (merry) hell with (something) — informal to stop something from working as it should. The power cuts played merry hell with our computer systems …   New idioms dictionary

  • play (merry) hell with something — play (merry) ˈhell with sth/sb idiom (BrE, informal) to affect sth/sb badly • Driving on these rough roads has played hell with my tyres. Main entry: ↑hell …   Useful english dictionary

  • play (merry) hell with somebody — play (merry) ˈhell with sth/sb idiom (BrE, informal) to affect sth/sb badly • Driving on these rough roads has played hell with my tyres. Main entry: ↑hell …   Useful english dictionary

  • play hell with — see under ↑play • • • Main Entry: ↑Hell * * * play hell with (or Brit play merry hell with) : to cause many problems for (someone or something) : to have a very bad effect on (someone or something) High oil prices are playing hell with the nation …   Useful english dictionary

  • hell — hell1 W3S1 [hel] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(when you die)¦ 2¦(suffering)¦ 3¦(unpleasant situation)¦ 4 what/how/why/where etc the hell? 5 a/one hell of a something 6 go to hell! 7 feel/look like hell 8 beat/surprise/scare the hell out of somebody 9 (just) for… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hell — [[t]he̱l[/t]] ♦♦♦ hells 1) N PROPER; N COUNT In some religions, hell is the place where the Devil lives, and where wicked people are sent to be punished when they die. Hell is usually imagined as being under the ground and full of flames. 2) N… …   English dictionary

  • hell — I UK [hel] / US noun [uncountable] *** 1) Hell in some religions, the place where bad people are sent to suffer for ever when they die. The place where good people are believed to go is called Heaven. 2) a situation that is extremely unpleasant… …   English dictionary

  • hell — 1 /hel/ noun 1 UNPLEASANT SITUATION (singular, uncountable) informal a situation, experience, or place that is very unpleasant: Central London was hell the Saturday before Christmas. | sheer hell (=extremely unpleasant): “How was your exam?”… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • merry — mer|ry [ˈmeri] adj [: Old English; Origin: myrge, merge] 1.) Merry Christmas! used to say that you hope someone will have a happy time at Christmas = Happy Christmas 2.) literary happy = ↑cheerful, jolly ↑jolly ▪ He marched off, whistling a merry …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • merry — adj. (merrier, merriest) 1 a joyous. b full of laughter or gaiety. 2 Brit. colloq. slightly drunk. Phrases and idioms: make merry 1 be festive; enjoy oneself. 2 (foll. by over) make fun of. merry andrew a mountebank s assistant; a clown or… …   Useful english dictionary

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