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hav·oc / ˈhavək/ • n. widespread destruction: the hurricane ripped through Florida, causing havoc. ∎  great confusion or disorder: schoolchildren wreaking havoc in the classroom. • v. (hav·ocked, hav·ocking) [tr.] archaic lay waste to; devastate. PHRASES: play havoc with completely disrupt; cause serious damage to: shift work plays havoc with the body clock.

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havoc in phr. cry havoc sound the signal for spoliation; hence make havoc (of) plunder, devastate. XV. — AN. havok, alt. of OF. havo(t), of unkn. orig.