rock the foundations of (something)

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rock 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 rocked the foundations of her beliefs. The election of the outsider candidate rocked the foundations of the party, and led to a lot of soul-searching among its members.
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Liverpool-born Lundstram fired home the decisive goal after 47 minutes and the majority of the 30,197 crowd responded with a noise to rock the foundations of the world's oldest professional football stadium.
While Scipio makes treaties with African kings and executes innovative strategies on the battlefield, his love for Hannibal's niece will come to drive his decisions in ways that shock those closest to him and threaten to rock the foundations of Roman society.
Who knows what will happen but the consequences of pulling out of the EU could rock the foundations of both Brussels and Strasbourg in more ways than one.
What they discover will rock the foundations of Hollywood in this tense saga of discovery and danger.
Set to rock the foundations of the beautiful old Bushmills Distiller on Thursday June 12, this will likely be the most intimate and unique gig the Manchester superstars will play for a very long time.
He said: "When you've got two big wigs and they're not agreeing, it can rock the foundations of the club and this is rocking the foundations of one of the most famous clubs in the country.
The ramifications would be rock the foundations of a club who finished as Premier League runners-up twice during the 1990s.
It is the third volume of his "detective criticism" cycle--a series of works that seeks to rock the foundations of the genre--in which Bayard places some of the most renowned and cherished hermeneuts in our fictional culture dramatically on trial.
A new legal bill could rock the foundations of Midlands employers, as the Government plans to introduce corporate negligence laws, enabling companies to be prosecuted for manslaughter.
Tomorrow night's Panorama expose will send out shockwaves likely to rock the foundations of British racing - but it
The ongoing information technology (IT) revolution is beginning to rock the foundations of major telephone companies with the successive debut of unprecedented services such as free international phone calls and flat-rate domestic out-of-town calls.
He has spent five years writing a 20,000-word article he says will 'rock the foundations of the academic world,' and is in talks with a London literary agent about publishing a book and making a film.
We prophetic types can rant and rave, and occasionally crack the media monopoly, but until the energy and interest of millions of mainstream American working families were engaged, we could not mount a struggle that would really rock the foundations of corporate power.
And it is just one of many tales in a controversial new book which threatens to rock the foundations of Irish society.
Local residents report that they frequently have to take evasive action to avoid accidents and aggressive driving, while speeding pantechnicons rock the foundations of their houses.