(one's) applecart

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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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I'm from Shepherds Bush," splutters Jones, before joining Twentyman to upset a few politically-incorrect applecarts.
Analyst Steve Gotham said: 'I think it is going to upset a few applecarts - particularly for Tesco and Asda.
A quiet but intellectually precise woman with tendrils of long blonde hair and an eclectically layered fashion sense, the 44-year-old Campion doesn't come off as the kind of person who upsets applecarts.
One way or another, he's bound to upset a few applecarts.