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(one's) applecart

One's plans or goals. I'm worried that not making the Olympic team after so many years of hard work would totally upset Ben's applecart. Look, he's not trying to upset her applecart—he just needs to meet later in the day now, that's all.
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upset the applecart

To ruin or interfere with one's plans or goals. Look, he's not trying to upset the applecart—he just needs to meet later in the day now, that's all.
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upset (one's) applecart

To ruin or interfere with one's plans or goals. Look, he's not trying to upset your applecart or anything—he just needs to meet later in the day now, that's all. I had some ideas on how they could improve things, but I didn't want to upset their applecart this late in development.
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upset the applecart

Spoil carefully laid plans, as in Now don't upset the applecart by revealing where we're going. This expression started out as upset the cart, used since Roman times to mean "spoil everything." The precise idiom dates from the late 1700s.
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upset the applecart

If someone or something upsets the applecart, they do something which causes trouble or which spoils a satisfactory situation. It will only upset the applecart and confuse the issue if the topic is raised too soon. Note: You can also say that someone or something overturns the applecart. She still has the power to overturn the applecart by the sheer force of her personality and vocabulary.
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upset the applecart, to

To ruin carefully laid plans. This metaphor, without the modifying “apple,” dates from Roman times. Both Plautus and Lucian used “You’ve upset the cart” to mean “You’ve spoiled everything.” Specifying “applecart” dates from the late eighteenth century, and the changed phrase is the one that survives. Grose’s Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1796) suggests that “applecart” stood for the human body, and that the phrase meant to throw a person down, but that interpretation was either mistaken or the particular symbolism died out.
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The counter-argument that gives me the most trouble is that, having upset the applecart, we have an obligation to stay until we put it back together.
Conceivably, if the originalist justice Antonin Scalia, is joined by others, the whole applecart may be turned over, to return us to pre-Everson days, with matters in the hands of the states.
You have just caused a major political applecart to be turned over,' he said.
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It promises to be a close affair with both sides superb in defence, but Carolina have upset the applecart in their play-off matches at St Louis and Philadelphia and they could cause yet another shock.
But giving shareholders direct access to a company's proxy to nominate their own directors threatens to upset the applecart.
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But then along came Charles Darwin, with his theory of natural selection, and this threatened to upset the applecart.
The problem is that peace in Korea upsets the Pentagon's applecart.
IDC's senior research director in charge of European Commercial Systems, Martin Hingley, says customers that have already tested and certified systems ahead of the millennium are unlikely to risk upsetting the applecart by buying again before 2000.
I was the ugly duckling that might upset the applecart.
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It is to be hoped that the next general election will upset the applecart, and allow people who make their living outside London and the South East to be heard.
She has never asked you whether you've ever slept with a prostitute, so why would you want to risk upsetting the applecart now, when you clearly have nothing to feel guilty about?
Murray and his ilk are held up as role models, yet are expected to never upset any applecart.