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.
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BACK WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW The roar was incredible, the Liberty Stadium shook to its foundations.
Kieran Jobling, 20, who lives in West Bridgford, said: "I was sat in my room and it suddenly shook to its foundations.
Kieran Jobling, 20, from West Bridgford, said: "I was sat in my room and it suddenly shook to its foundations.
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.
The black and whites overwhelmed a fancied Aston Villa side 6-0, and as the goals hit the net the city shook to its foundations.
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.
The IMC has shook to its foundations the principle of Conflict Transformation and have removed the tools by which anyone in society can engage paramilitarism for the better.
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.