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To cause confusion and possibly death to one's enemies.



This expression started out as Cry Havock, an old military cry derived from the old French havot meaning plunder. The cry was very common in the 14th and 15th centuries but was banned, on pain of death, in the ninth year of Richard II's reign. The expression is used in a number of Shakespearean plays.

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