upset the apple cart

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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New Year's Day provided little respite for Jon Whitney's Saddlers, who were tasked with attempting to curtail the Pilgrims' five-match unbeaten run but were unable to upset the apple cart at Home Park.
Warnock is not afraid to try to upset the apple cart and will see the trip to St James' Park as an opportunity.
He said: "We are not expected to win a game but we have to see if we can upset the apple cart once or twice."
Despite being tucked nicely in mid-table, Grayson believes Preston can upset the apple cart at Boro tomorrow - but is well aware of the Teessiders' attacking talents.
Looking to upset the apple cart will be Shaun Hall (Ford) making his debut in the championships together with the improving Joel Webb (Labour) plus 12-year-old Harry Watson, who shot to fame when claiming the scalp of Jonathan Taylor a few months ago.
Would it have really upset the apple cart had they made an allowance on this occasion?
Laura Marling Once I Was An Eagle BACK in 2011, the alt-folky Laura upset the apple cart when she beat Cheryl Cole to a Brit for best British female.
However, Pwllheli upset the apple cart just a minute after when from their first attack David Edwards halved the deficit with a well-struck shot.
A forecast outsider who could be primed to outrun its likely odds ENCHANTING SMILE could upset the apple cart in what is a decent-looking maiden at Lingfield (2.20), writes Ed Quigley.
WELSH ALLIANCE LLANBERIS upset the apple cart in the Welsh Alliance League by picking up an unexpected 2-0 win at leaders Rhydymwyn.
Speaking of Linda, he said: "She likes being married to me and I like being married to her-so why upset the apple cart?
So I guess now was as good a time as any to upset the Apple cart.
Bolton, on the other hand, have been one of the most profitable sides in the Premiership for punters to follow, and I expect Big Sam's men to upset the apple cart yet again on Tyneside.
"Without being too harsh, when Jim Smith came in last season he kind of upset the apple cart.
You were his mistress for as long as you didn't upset the apple cart.