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To cause problems for someone or something - thesaurus

Synonyms

let down

to make someone or something less likely to be successful or effective

hold back

to stop someone from being as successful as they should

embarrass

verb

to cause problems for someone, especially an organization or politician

inhibit

verb

to make it difficult for someone to do something

burden

verb

to create a problem or serious responsibility for someone

plague

verb

to cause a lot of problems for someone or something for a long period of time

bring up against

to make someone have to deal with something

disadvantage

verb

to make it more difficult for someone or something to succeed than other people or things

throttle

verb

to create problems that make it very difficult for something to continue or to develop

count against

to be a disadvantage in a particular situation

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be a bind

informal to be annoying, difficult, or not convenient

be a bugger

British to be difficult or annoying

bedevil

verb

formal to cause a lot of problems for someone or something

beset

verb

formal to cause someone difficulty or danger over a period of time

be someone’s undoing

to be the cause of someone’s failure

betray

verb

if you betray someone’s trust, you do harm to them when they have trusted you

be/work to someone’s disadvantage

to make someone unlikely to succeed

be worse than useless

to be annoying and cause problems because of being useless

blow something sky-high

to completely spoil a situation or cause a lot of problems

blow up in someone’s face

informal if your plans blow up in your face, they do not happen as you expected and cause a lot of problems

brew up

to create a situation that causes difficulty

bugger about

Britishimpolite to cause problems for someone

carry

verb

if something carries a danger, it might cause something bad to happen

catch out

to put someone in an unpleasant or difficult situation that they are not prepared for

condemn

verb

if something condemns you to an unpleasant situation, it forces you to experience it

consign to

to put someone in an unpleasant situation that usually lasts a long time

conspire

verb

if events conspire to produce a particular situation, they seem to be deliberately working together to cause problems for you

convulse

verb

mainly journalism to cause major problems or serious harm to someone or something

cook someone’s goose

to cause a lot of problems for someone, or to spoil their plans

corner

verb

to put someone in a situation where they have to do something that you want

cost someone dear

to cause a lot of problems for someone, or to make them lose a lot of money

defeat

verb

if something defeats you, it is so difficult that you are unable to do it

destroy

verb

to cause such severe problems for someone that their life is completely spoiled

develop

verb

to begin to be a problem or cause difficulties

dog

verb

to cause trouble for someone over a long period of time

encumber

verb

formal to make it more difficult for someone to do something or for something to develop

endanger

verb

to put someone or something into a situation where they might be harmed or damaged

entangle

verb

to involve someone in a difficult or complicated situation that is hard to escape from

entrap

verb

to put someone in a dangerous situation that is difficult to escape from

expose

verb

to fail to protect someone or something from something harmful or dangerous

handicap

verb

to give someone a disadvantage

haunt

verb

to continue to cause problems for a person or organization for a long time

have its/your moments

to sometimes have problems or cause trouble

impede

verb

formal to make it more difficult for someone to do something or more difficult for something to happen

imperil

verb

very formal to put someone or something in danger

inconvenience

verb

to cause difficulties for someone

knock back

British to cause problems or delays for someone

land someone in it

to cause problems for someone, especially by talking about what they have said or done

lay someone open to something

to provide a good reason for criticizing, blaming, or attacking someone

leave someone high and dry

to put someone in a very difficult or unpleasant situation that they cannot escape from

leave someone to the (tender) mercies of

to put someone into a situation where they could be treated in a strict or unfair way by someone or something

make a nuisance of yourself

to do something that causes difficulty or trouble for other people

make demands on

to be a lot for someone or something to deal with

make life/things difficult (for someone)

to cause problems for someone

make someone’s life a misery

to cause someone to suffer or be unhappy for a long period

make waves

to cause problems by making suggestions or criticisms

mess with

to try to trick someone or cause problems for them

militate against

to make something more difficult to do or less likely to happen

move the goalposts

to change the rules and make it difficult for people to achieve something or to know what to do

pitchfork

verb

to put someone into a new and unpleasant situation when they were not expecting it

pitch into

to put someone in a new situation, especially when they were not expecting it

place

verb

to put someone in a particular situation or state, especially a difficult or unpleasant one

pose

verb

to present a difficult or dangerous situation

pull the rug (out) from under someone

to suddenly stop supporting someone

put/set the cat among the pigeons

to cause trouble by doing or saying something

put someone off their stride

to upset or trouble someone

put someone to trouble/bother/inconvenience

to cause problems or difficulties for someone by making them do something for you

put yourself out (for someone)

to cause problems or difficulties for someone by making them do something for you

raise hell

to make a lot of noise or trouble

rear its (ugly) head

to appear and cause problems

reduce someone to tears/silence

to force someone into an unpleasant state or situation

rock the boat

to cause problems by changing a situation that is considered satisfactory

scourge

verb

formal to cause a lot of trouble or harm to people

seal someone’s fate

to show or decide that something bad will definitely happen to someone

sell someone down the river

to allow someone who trusts you to be harmed so that you can get an advantage for yourself

something gets on top of you

if a problem or difficult situation gets on top of you, you become unable to deal with it effectively

spite

verb

to deliberately upset someone or cause them problems

squeeze

verb

to make someone have financial trouble, for example by raising prices, cutting a supply of money, or increasing competition

stir up a hornet’s nest

to cause a situation that makes people very angry or upset

stymie

verb

informal to stop someone from achieving a goal, or to stop some process from continuing

tax

verb

formal to cause problems, or to make things difficult for someone

threaten

verb

to be likely to harm or destroy something

throw

verb

to put someone or something into a bad state

throw a (monkey) wrench into something

to cause problems that prevent something from happening in the way people intended

throw someone a curve (ball)

to do something unexpected that makes someone confused or causes problems

throw someone in at the deep end

to make someone deal with something difficult without preparing them for it

throw someone to the wolves

to put someone in a situation in which they are severely criticized or attacked, and not try to protect them

tread on sacred/dangerous ground

to do something that is likely to cause a problem or upset some people

trouble

verb

spoken formal to cause someone a slight problem or difficulty by asking them to do something for you

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