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August 17, 2022

Word of the Day: Wreak

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Word of the Day : August 17, 2022

wreak \REEK\ verb

What It Means

Wreak means "to bring about or cause (something that is harmful or damaging)." It is often used in the phrase "wreak havoc."

// The trip involved crossing several time zones, which wreaked havoc on my sleep routine for a few days.

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Aired August 17, 2022

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