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Meaning of havoc

hav•oc

Pronunciation: (hav'uk), [key]
— n., v., -ocked, -ock•ing.
—n.
  1. great destruction or devastation; ruinous damage.
  2. to warn of danger or disaster.
  3. The wind played havoc with the papers on the desk.
    1. to create confusion or disorder in:The wind played havoc with the papers on the desk.
    2. to destroy; ruin:The bad weather played havoc with our vacation plans.
—v.t.
  1. to work havoc upon; devastate.
—v.i.
  1. to work havoc: The fire havocked throughout the house.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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