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.
In a Facebook post, Amma's Canteen - a south Indian restaurant in Chorlton - described the crop shortage as 'a problem that threatened to shake the foundations of Amma's Canteen and provide untold disappointment to our customers.'.
PPP leader said that PTI is a Tanga party which increases attraction of their public meetings through Photoshop but when PPP supporters gather then they will shake the foundations of PTI.
These are of special interest because his grandfather's life and death have never been fully explained, and are part of the reason why Avi embarks on a search for a truth that will shake the foundations of not just his family, but two others.
"We consider that would be a catastrophic scenario that would shake the foundations of the development model which we see in Latin America."
Such allegations shake the foundations of the economic progress the country was aiming to achieve in the official reports.
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.
He noted that the last year's trade deficit remained 32.5 billion dollars which is enough to shake the foundations of the economy.
We will shake the foundations of education by publishing creative works that deviate from academe's standard approaches to writing and audience.
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.