shake the foundations of (something)

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shake the foundations of (something)

To impact something in a way that affects its very essence, especially concerning its values or beliefs. The death of her son shook the foundations of her beliefs. The election of the outsider candidate shook the foundations of the party, and led to a lot of soul-searching among its members.
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shake/rock the ˈfoundations of something


shake/rock something to its ˈfoundations

cause people to question their basic beliefs about something: This issue has shaken the very foundations of French politics.
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Washington's Olivia Pope was a 'Gladiator in a White Hat', shaking the foundations of the Oval Office.
This is not law and order; this is tearing families apart and shaking the foundations of our local economies.
But will he summon the courage to challenge his father's authoritarian ways and start a movement shaking the foundations of Patiala House?
With the heavy bass vibrating through the building, the crowd wildly bounced with the beat, shaking the foundations of Newcastle's packed O2 Academy.
The frequent occurrence of theft targeting luxury cars and other valuable property, break-ins and other crime in condominium complexes and other criminal acts is shaking the foundations of safe societies.
Cardinal Bernard Law, after nearly destroying an archdiocese, shaking the foundations of faith for countless people, allowing the rampant abuse of too many children and showing his proficiency at avoiding the truth is rewarded with an honorific position, a grand Roman apartment, a staff to wait on him and over $12,000 a month or about $150,000 a year for an allowance
Shaking the foundations of "proper" language use in Canadian poetry in the 80s, Marlatt, Moure and Philip continue to this day to write the kind of profound and provocative work about which people will still be talking in another 20 years.
Earthquakes shattered the peace in sleepy Aberfoyle, waking residents and shaking the foundations of their homes.
The exhilarating raw energy and thundering rhythms of Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers will be shaking the foundations of the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington.
Playing tracks from their debut album thefakesoundofprogress, the band had the crowd surfing and shaking the foundations of the historic venue.
Durban, South Africa, plumber Vic Farrell, has invented a triangular brick that's shaking the foundations of the local building industry because of the brick's revolutionary design and potential to cut construction costs.
This class is shaking the foundations of democracy.
British writers just can't seem to get enough of Darwin, perhaps because of his role in shaking the foundations of the English establishment.