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upset the applecart

To ruin or interfere with one's plans or goals. Look, he's not trying to upset the applecart—he just needs to meet later in the day now, that's all.
See also: applecart, upset

I don't want to alarm you, but

 and I don't want to upset you, but
an expression used to introduce bad or shocking news or gossip. Bill: I don't want to alarm you, but I see someone prowling around your car. Mary: Oh, goodness! I'll call the police! Bob: I don't want to upset you, but I have some bad news. Tom: Let me have it.
See also: alarm, but, want

upset someone's plans

Fig. to ruin someone's plans. I hope it doesn't upset your plans if I'm late for the meeting. No, it won't upset my plans at all.
See also: plan, upset

upset the apple cart

Fig. to mess up or ruin something. Tom really upset the apple cart by telling Mary the truth about Jane. I always knew he'd tell secrets and upset the apple cart.
See also: apple, cart, upset

upset the applecart

Spoil carefully laid plans, as in Now don't upset the applecart by revealing where we're going. This expression started out as upset the cart, used since Roman times to mean "spoil everything." The precise idiom dates from the late 1700s.
See also: applecart, upset

upset the applecart

If someone or something upsets the applecart, they do something which causes trouble or which spoils a satisfactory situation. It will only upset the applecart and confuse the issue if the topic is raised too soon. Note: You can also say that someone or something overturns the applecart. She still has the power to overturn the applecart by the sheer force of her personality and vocabulary.
See also: applecart, upset

upset the apple cart

wreck an advantageous project or disturb the status quo.
The use of a cart piled high with apples as a metaphor for a satisfactory but possibly precarious state of affairs is recorded in various expressions from the late 18th century onwards.
1996 Business Age The real test will be instability in China…Another Tiananmen Square could really upset the apple cart.
See also: apple, cart, upset

upset the/somebody’s ˈapple cart

(informal) do something that spoils a plan or stops the progress of something: Another, much cheaper hairdresser has opened next door, which has upset the apple cart.
See also: apple, cart, upset
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Physical Activity and Anger or Emotional upset as Triggers of Acute Myocardial Infarction--The INTERHEART Study.
This presents challenges for the design of the fastening process since traditional single sided rivet upset results in motion of the part as the rivet forms.
I am upset about the fact that in a debate in which I supported Tony Blair at the time of the Iraq war, we were told that the intelligence was authoritative and extensive and beyond doubt - and it seems listening to the Chilcot inquiry, that that was not the case.
2 : to make somewhat ill <Pizza upsets my stomach.
Upset Indian should watch the recent BBC Panorama programme and he will be shocked that his fellow countrymen exploit young children and poor people in the garment industry.
Because Logmate collects alarm data in real time, it can be used to review the alarms that most likely triggered an upset, or it can be applied as an advisory tool during upset conditions.
From political upsets to brush fires, there was no shortage of important news coming out of Simi Valley and other parts of eastern Ventura County in 2006.
Of course, he's not so upset he can't sleep with Maria.
Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset by us.
And it didn't take much--I just had te help him understand what it was that people were upset about and why.
It seems her mother, who is an octogenarian, went to the doctor and expressed how upset she was about the current state of affairs in America.
Hagel was an underdog in both the primary and general elections but went on to win upset victories in both races, becoming the first Republican elected to the Senate from Nebraska in twenty-four years.
Using the word upset reminds us that our toddlers experience a lot of frustrations in their daily lives - frustrations that sometimes lead to upset or the even more intense meltdown.
On tests, the rationale is that anything that might upset a student is distracting.