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  • wreak havoc
  • The folk he’d made were evil, they’d gone all wrong, they were wreaking havoc in the world.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • Wreaks havoc on my complexion.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • I mean, do you know the chaos this is wreaking on my family?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • Trappers cannot bear them, for wolves not only compete for caribou but can wreak havoc with a trapline, springing the light traps used for foxes without getting caught themselves.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Each day I vowed to wreak vengeance upon them, see them through some terrible circumstance I’d contrived, or else await the hand of fate.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "My Queen," said the dark-haired woman, "refers to your so-called blue fever that has wreaked such havoc on your citizens.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Damien White, son of Nemesis, lived up to his namesake by wreaking vengeance on an acoustic guitar.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • "You have committed the following crimes," he continued: "having a dog with an unauthorized alarm, sowing confusion, upsetting the applecart, wreaking havoc, and mincing words."
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • From his grave Westing would stalk his enemy, and through his heirs he would wreak his revenge.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game

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  • That you’d strap on your gun and ride out to wreak vengeance on the man who killed your family?"
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Mrs. Brown did not realize it at the time, but her inquisition ended before it started, and no amount of cajolery or intimidation on her part would wreak a confession or a betrayal from the brotherhood she now interrogated.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • At first it was a lark and I honestly enjoyed the bitchery and vengeance I was able to wreak upon these manuscripts.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I remember Boris grousing as a child, one afternoon at his house when we had got off on the vaguely metaphysical subject of our mothers: why they — angels, goddesses—had to die? while our awful fathers thrived, and boozed, and sprawled, and muddled on, and continued to stumble about and wreak havoc, in seemingly indefatigable health?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Isn’t it possible," Isabelle said, "that Sebastian could wreak just as much destruction?"
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • And he and his men had been wreaking havoc on U.S. troops, blowing stuff up all over the place.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • My eyes kept returning to a blue kite that had been wreaking havoc for the last hour.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • It was the drought, started in 1998, in its second year now, that was wreaking havoc everywhere.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Why should she wreak revenge on all the male sex?
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • And do not you fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I didn’t yet appreciate its terrible finality or the havoc it could wreak on those who’d entrusted the deceased with their hearts.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • O, how my heart abhors To hear him nam’d,—and cannot come to him,— To wreak the love I bore my cousin Tybalt Upon his body that hath slaughter’d him!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • That inscrutable thing is chiefly what I hate; and be the white whale agent, or be the white whale principal, I will wreak that hate upon him.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It had gripped savagely hold of him and was about to wreak upon him some terrific hurt.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Here the dwarves had devoted a vast amount of space to the destruction wreaked upon Alagaesia by the two races.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He was sailing his yacht one night, in mid-Atlantic, fighting the worst storm ever wreaked upon the world, when he found it.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Kicking at the sand at Bower’s Point, Marcus knew he should be enjoying the havoc he’d wreaked the previous evening.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • He resolved that nobody should be witness of his encounter with Tom; and determined, if he could not subdue him by bullying, to defer his vengeance, to be wreaked in a more convenient season.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • She felt sometimes that their memories wreaked havoc with their grieving, for despite the heroism that marked their ordeal, their reminiscences were not always rosy.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • But without proofs, in a fit of rage, with the object of wreaking my vengeance, I have denounced you as a convict, you, a respectable man, a mayor, a magistrate!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The story Jeb had told me about one of their captives–the man who had simply collapsed, leaving no external evidence on the outside of the havoc wreaked inside his skull–haunted my thoughts.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The girl must know, well, that if she shook him off, she could never be safe from his fury, and that it would be surely wreaked—to the maiming of limbs, or perhaps the loss of life—on the object of her more recent fancy.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He thinks he uses us to wreak his revenge upon the Emperor.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Mack shrugged, donned his gloves, and began raking into piles the havoc she was wreaking.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Dantes uttered blasphemies that made his jailer recoil with horror, dashed himself furiously against the walls of his prison, wreaked his anger upon everything, and chiefly upon himself, so that the least thing,—a grain of sand, a straw, or a breath of air that annoyed him, led to paroxysms of fury.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The dead man disposed of, and the crowd being under the necessity of providing some other entertainment for itself, another brighter genius (or perhaps the same) conceived the humour of impeaching casual passers-by, as Old Bailey spies, and wreaking vengeance on them.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • He doubted not that she had come to wreak her vengeance also, and to deal her blow like the rest.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Kaheleha took his spirit army and wreaked havoc on the intruders.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Since they have moved into the open, they have been wreaking havoc.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Still: but an itch of death is in them, to tell me in my ear a maudlin tale, urge me to wreak their will.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But, in the education of her child, the mother’s enthusiasm of thought had something to wreak itself upon.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The school informed my parents I had been wreaking havoc with a number of other young boys.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • But in spite of this knowledge and these admissions, in spite of the fact that his friend’s support and sympathy were now his only comfort, Bernard continued perversely to nourish, along with his quite genuine affection, a secret grievance against the Savage, to mediate a campaign of small revenges to be wreaked upon him.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Her wrath would never wreak itself in one fell blow.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Heavier mines would wreak havoc with tanks making their way inland.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • He could not bear to be thwarted in his day-dream of revenge, so he was wreaking his spite on Agravaine in his thoughts, saying to himself that the latter was a drunken traitor to the family.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • i All day long, around the Skaian Gates, they fought, and would have won the city, too, had not Apollo, seeing the brave son of Menoitios wreaking havoc on the Trojans, killed him in action, and then given Hektor the honor of that deed.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • It was as though some enemy upon whom he had wreaked his utmost of violence and contumely stood, unscathed and unscathed, and contemplated him with a musing and insufferable contempt.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The noble Saxon had returned from the banquet, as we have seen, in no very placid humour, and wanted but a pretext for wreaking his anger upon some one.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • We’ll go out and see what havoc we’ve wreaked.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
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