shake (something) to its foundations

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shake (something) to its foundations

To impact something in a way that affects its very essence, especially concerning its values or beliefs. The election of the outsider candidate shook the party to its foundations, and led to a lot of soul-searching among its members.
See also: foundation, shake
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The heavily built house shook to its foundations. Great stones were thrown up as from a volcano, some of them, great masses of hard stone, squared and grooved with implements wrought by human hands, breaking up and splitting in mid air as though riven by some infernal power.
BACK WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW The roar was incredible, the Liberty Stadium shook to its foundations. No, not after the winning goal against Arsenal silly, but for Leon Britton coming off the bench on 87 minutes.
Kieran Jobling, 20, from West Bridgford, said: "I was sat in my room and it suddenly shook to its foundations. I genuinely thought it was a poltergeist.
Kieran Jobling, 20, who lives in West Bridgford, said: "I was sat in my room and it suddenly shook to its foundations. I genuinely thought it was a poltergeist.
Anfield shook to its foundations and as Gerrard wheeled away in celebration, mobbed by his team-mates, the roar of the crowd matched the ferocity of his strike.
Ibrox shook to its foundations last Sunday when home fans belted out a song Roy Orbison recorded in 1969.
Anfield shook to its foundations when Blackburn's Stephen Warnock, one of their own, laid a floral wreath before the Kop.
The platformat Llangollen's sepia-tinted postcard railway station shook to its foundations as the huge locomotive built a head of steam, slowly pulling out with its creaking retinue of classic carriages in tow.
As the poster girl of London 2012 was introduced to an adoring public, the Olympic Stadium shook to its foundations.
THIS is the eye of the earthquake, the mysterious and beautiful pattern traced in a tray of sand as Seattle shook to its foundations this month.