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Language: Old English
Origin: wrecan 'to drive out, punish'


wreak past tense and past participle wreaked or wrought

wreak havoc/mayhem/destruction (on something)

to cause a lot of damage or problems:
These policies have wreaked havoc on the British economy.

wreak revenge/vengeance (on somebody)

formal to do something unpleasant to someone to punish them for something they have done to you:
He promised to wreak vengeance on those who had betrayed him.

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