(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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References in classic literature ?
"First, he may find his way to England and upset the applecart; secondly, I've only the shreds of a conscience, but I can't leave a man whom I'm robbing of a fortune in a state of semi-slavery, as I daresay he is, and the third reason is perhaps the strongest of all; but I'm not going to tell it you."
There's nothing like putting the nervous players in first; it's the sitting with their pads on that upsets their applecart; that was another of my reasons for being so confoundedly close.
"I'm from Shepherds Bush," splutters Jones, before joining Twentyman to upset a few politically-incorrect applecarts.
Are they afraid of upsetting some corporate applecarts?
Analyst Steve Gotham said: 'I think it is going to upset a few applecarts - particularly for Tesco and Asda.