upset the applecart

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 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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Celtic are 2-11 chances against Hamilton and falling into the "buying money" category with the visitors available at 12-1 to upset the applecart.
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1 MERTHYR produced a five-star Southern League Premier fightback against a Hitchin side, who looked on course to upset the applecart in the opening 35 minutes.
That may upset the applecart somewhat delightfully.
The last thing I want to do is upset the applecart and bring in loads of experienced players if we are not going to have that same hunger and desire that we've shown since December.
Mr Jones wasn't afraid to upset the applecart if he believed in something.
According to information received here, Oman's outfit upset the applecart of Ah Hilal in a pulsating Group A match.
It was their first win over the Wildcats in six attempts and they upset the applecart again to go joint second in the table behind unbeaten Mersey Tigers, whose side boasts a number of former BBL players.
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Instead, mid-table Dudley upset the applecart, ending their opponents' unbeaten start to the campaign with a 12-10 success.
We want to see someone upset the applecart," said the 1996 champion, Hill.
Liam Soroka scored twice for Corus Steel in their 3-2 home success against Llwydcoed while Bettws upset the applecart by winning 1-0 at Ton Pentre, Carl Owen scoring.
If the Gamecocks could play like they did at Alabama last October, but with just a little more offense, STEVE SPURRIER could upset the applecart in his division.