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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"Matatakutin po talaga ako," said Miles Ocampo, who portrays Agnes, a seemingly perfect teenager who starts manifesting demonic behavior that rocks the foundations of the church.
And together, they work on the case of Agnes (Miles Ocampo), a seemingly perfect teenager who suddenly starts manifesting demonic behavior, which rocks the foundations of the church.
Against this backdrop, a royal steward falls in love with a slave, unleashing a chain of events that rocks the foundations of human and sidhe worlds alike.
The reform of the convents becomes a marginal issue once the age of revolutions rocks the foundations of Church and State.
Redoubling his efforts to prove Hunt's innocence, he soon reaches a conclusion so shocking, it rocks the foundations of his existence.
This is the pipe that blows the roof off!' and which, possibly, rocks the foundations of the Birmingham-Wolverhampton railway line tucked away beneath the vaults of Symphony Hall.