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I don't want to alarm you, but

 and I don't want to upset you, but
an expression used to introduce bad or shocking news or gossip. Bill: I don't want to alarm you, but I see someone prowling around your car. Mary: Oh, goodness! I'll call the police! Bob: I don't want to upset you, but I have some bad news. Tom: Let me have it.
See also: alarm, but, want

upset someone's plans

Fig. to ruin someone's plans. I hope it doesn't upset your plans if I'm late for the meeting. No, it won't upset my plans at all.
See also: plan, upset

upset the apple cart

Fig. to mess up or ruin something. Tom really upset the apple cart by telling Mary the truth about Jane. I always knew he'd tell secrets and upset the apple cart.
See also: apple, cart, upset

upset the applecart

to cause trouble, especially by spoiling someone's plans I don't want to upset the applecart now by asking you to change the date for the meeting.
See also: applecart, upset

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.
See also: applecart, upset
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In this group, criers rated themselves as having been sadder during the upsetting film than the dry-eyed did.
Furthermore, a single participant was apt to rate one social stress, for example, as "upsets me very little" and another social stress as "very, very upsetting.
The Japanese have the best chance of upsetting either Germany or Canada, but they have trouble putting two or three solid games together.
Several trees planted in Camarillo as part of a millennium celebration are being vandalized, upsetting residents who had nurtured the saplings.
It's always upsetting when someone vandalizes something,'' said Ernie Villasenor, the city's street and property superintendent with the city of Fillmore.
The Cavaliers (22-11) earned a return trip by upsetting No.
Q After a very upsetting meeting with my boss, I walked out of his office and muttered an expletive about him that no one was supposed to hear.
Is it due to something that was upsetting to your child a long time ago, or something that just happened?
11-seeded Parrots (10-3) also got an 8-1 effort from the doubles teams of Quang Tran/Clark Tesoro, Neil Tesoro/John Puthapituk and Chris Usi/Jack Tulatammagul while upsetting the No.
Fabrice Santoro of France continued his upsetting ways, ousting seventh-seeded Mark Philippoussis 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals at Lyon, France.
5 Dain Blanton and Canyon Ceman, however, had too much history at this beach to allow Heidger and Swatik continue the upsetting trend of this tournament.
The Knights took great delight in upsetting the Scorpions, who beat them in football.
The Trojans defeated Arizona State 75-56 at the Sports Arena two days after upsetting then No.
The Beavers can be dangerous, upsetting Stanford in Corvallis two weeks ago.
PHOTO Barbara Rittner of Germany reacts after upsetting err or-prone Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, the No.