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 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 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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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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upset the applecart, to

To ruin carefully laid plans. This metaphor, without the modifying “apple,” dates from Roman times. Both Plautus and Lucian used “You’ve upset the cart” to mean “You’ve spoiled everything.” Specifying “applecart” dates from the late eighteenth century, and the changed phrase is the one that survives. Grose’s Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1796) suggests that “applecart” stood for the human body, and that the phrase meant to throw a person down, but that interpretation was either mistaken or the particular symbolism died out.
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References in classic literature ?
"First, he may find his way to England and upset the applecart; secondly, I've only the shreds of a conscience, but I can't leave a man whom I'm robbing of a fortune in a state of semi-slavery, as I daresay he is, and the third reason is perhaps the strongest of all; but I'm not going to tell it you."
Rank outsider Saudagar upset the applecart after defeating Sassy Gold by half a length as favourite Duran Duran finished third ahead of Aas Pass.
But with cash for transfers set to be tight and many positives, both on and off the field in place, Cooper insists he won't be looking to upset the applecart as his plans for the new term take shape.
Luton boss Graeme Jones wants to "upset the applecart" on the opening day of the season - which won't go down too well with his wife and her family.
Which may explain the silence because nobody wants to confront the reality and upset the applecart. When Ifmis was introduced, it was touted as the panacea for the pervading financial muddle in the public sector.
Summary: Trump's tweets - as they so often have recently - upset the applecart and sent investors scurrying for cover.
Ponteland's pairing of Russell Hayhoe and three-handicapper Mark Harrison nearly upset the applecart as they were three up with four to play.
But where are the signs he's able to upset the applecart in Mount Florida and lead a much-needed coup?
'I warn you against complacency because the desperation of the opposition to upset the applecart is unimaginable.
"We know we're capable of getting the win which would really upset the applecart," he added.
Toshack admits he didn't like Savage "as a player" and claims Bellamy's attitude around the camp mean he could always "upset the applecart".
But McDonagh (16-4, 8 KOs) has vowed to upset the applecart against a man who was comprehensively outpointed by Groves on all three scorecards seven months ago.
Flawless Jewel could be one to upset the applecart, although quite what value should be ascribed to her free-wheeling 16-length win in an uncompetitive race at Pontefract last month is anyone's guess.
And he's upset the applecart in the international game as the Swedes beat Italy 1-0 on aggregate in the play-offs.
You can't know what's in the future and what might come along to upset the applecart, and that's true of established relationships as well as new ones.