play the devil with so/sth
play hell with (so/sth) definition
and play the devil with (so/sth)
to cause difficulty for someone or something. : You know that this cake is going to play hell with my diet. , Your driving is playing the devil with my upset stomach.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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