upset the applecart

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 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.
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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.
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Having placed second in the last meeting, The 2000 Guineas of Pakistan behind Cherish on Dec 25, Arham Prince upset the applecart while overcoming public fancy mare Afreen by two-and-a-half lengths in the fourth race.
HEXHAM upset the applecart when they defeated hosts and leaders Newcastle Chemfica 4-3.
David Furner's team could be one of the sides to upset the applecart in the World Cup having been the beneficiaries of some high profile defections from New Zealand and Australia.
He's upset the applecart at Chelsea and clashed with Antonio Conte.
But just as the Scarlets upset the applecart back then, so Davies believes Ken Owens' current team can produce a shock.
Even if that makes them no more than an average Classic generation it might be enough to see off a few rivals who could be out of their depth in Group 1 company, but if they are not an exceptional trio it wouldn't require a great deal of improvement from one of the others to upset the applecart.
David Wagner's men kick off as William Hill's 6/4 favourites to secure a maximum haul with the Owls quoted at a lengthy-looking 2/1 (Betfred) to upset the applecart by winning.
Celtic are 2-11 chances against Hamilton and falling into the "buying money" category with the visitors available at 12-1 to upset the applecart.
Ballymacash YM II upset the applecart with a 3-1 win over Bloomfield III and Warren YM II were 6-1 winners against 1st Lisburn II.
1 MERTHYR produced a five-star Southern League Premier fightback against a Hitchin side, who looked on course to upset the applecart in the opening 35 minutes.
That may upset the applecart somewhat delightfully.
Mr Jones wasn't afraid to upset the applecart if he believed in something.
According to information received here, Oman's outfit upset the applecart of Ah Hilal in a pulsating Group A match.
It was their first win over the Wildcats in six attempts and they upset the applecart again to go joint second in the table behind unbeaten Mersey Tigers, whose side boasts a number of former BBL players.
If it misfires, however, you may upset the applecart, and then your plans will be spoiled like a rotten apple.