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


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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Giving up the central bank's control over the dollar has resulted in an unprecedented rise in its value which has shaken the foundations of the economy, taken a toll on masses and dismayed the business community, it said.
He said that the government has shaken the foundations of the economy, claims regarding improvement have failed and everything is getting costly by the passage of the day which will make the life of masses very difficult.
The race for the play-offs is entering a critical phase as clubs aim to consolidate their position in the top four, but the Rentruck Aces' recent run of form has shaken the foundations of the table.
Zainab's incident has shaken the foundations of the society.
The ruling against Nawaz Sharif has shaken the foundations of democracy to its core.'
FEARS over the economy and the outcome of the EU referendum have shaken the foundations of the housebuilding industry.
"The result was a breakdown in communication, and it has shaken the foundations of FIFA in a way I've never experienced before," Rauball was quoted as saying to German website .
President Mahinda Rajapaksa's impeachment of the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, Shirani Bandaranayake has shaken the foundations of an already fragile Sri Lankan government.
The killings, known in India as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, were described by Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian independence movement, as having shaken the foundations of the British Empire.
ISLAMABAD -- Massive water leakage from CDA Water Inquiry G-10 bowser has terribly shaken the foundations of Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) building.
He said that Pakistan is the only country in world which believes in negotiations with terrorists while the policy of reconciliation has emboldened anti-state elements who have shaken the foundations of state.
LAHORE -- Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the incompetent and corrupt federal government is responsible for pushing the country into the quagmire of problems and added that, as a result of its defective policies, the people are facing worst loadshedding, while corruption has shaken the foundations of the country.
He went on to say that corruption had shaken the foundations of the country.
Murtaza Mughal, President PEW said the international financial turmoil has evaporated almost half of the world's wealth and shaken the foundations of wealthy nations but not a single Islamic bank faced crumbled.