shake the foundations of (something)

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shake 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 shook the foundations of her beliefs. The election of the outsider candidate shook the foundations of the party, and led to a lot of soul-searching among its members.
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shake/rock the ˈfoundations of something

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shake/rock something to its ˈfoundations

cause people to question their basic beliefs about something: This issue has shaken the very foundations of French politics.
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Grant was speaking, a flash, which sent its quivering light through the gloom, laying bare the whole opposite horizon, was followed by a loud crash of thunder, that rolled away among the hills, seeming to shake the foundations of the earth to their centre.
Founder and General Overseer of Holy Trinity Authority Prophetic Ministry International, Prophet James Omitade, has called for three-day fasting and prayers for Nigeria, to avert looming bloodbath, which he said would shake the foundations of the country.
5 billion dollars which is enough to shake the foundations of the economy.
In a final section, Harari looks at the next stage of human development, or demise, by asking how humanity's search for "immortality, bliss, and divinity shake the foundations of our belief in humanity.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A genetic discovery related to King Richard III threatened to shake the foundations of the Tudor dynasty and raised a question mark over Queen Elizabeth II's royal heritage.
He said the greatest ever public force will leave from KPK on 30th which will shake the foundations of corrupt political setup.
As President Bush said shortly after 9/11, "Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America.
It brings to light a theory that the Taliban are profiting from a suspected double game of negotiating with the US forces, while killing innocent Afghan civilians in a bid to shake the foundations of President Hamid Karzai's government, which is under pressure.
Hester, Bechtolsheimer and Dujardin starred when Britain won its first European title in Rotterdam last summer, and subsequent performances have continued to shake the foundations of world dressage.
The Taliban are a 40000 strong force, and1700 men surrendering will surely not shake the foundations of the deep-rooted fundamentalist organization.
NNA - 18/06/2011 The clashes of Bab Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohssen Friday reveal the vicious plot hatched by Bashar Assad's regime to shake the foundations of Lebanon's stability, according to MP Mohammad Kabbara, who added Saturday to his Tripoli office visitors that a serious and transparent investigation must be held to uncover true identity of culprits.
Participants also argued that the great Arab Revolution, which began in Tunisia to shake the foundations of dictatorship in several Arab countries, " is the only voice for freedom, unity and building of a democratic and socialist State.
It is not just a risk to the political process but it is a risk which could yet shake the foundations of the peace process itself.
But the repercussions of the deal will shake the foundations of cricket.
The man's answer will not shake the foundations of deep philosophical conjecture nor does the moment carry the weight of a moral search for generalizable righteousness.