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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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The Wailers and The Upsetters jammed together, from which sessions Lee Perry's band joined Bob Marley's and Perry became The Wailers' exclusive producer.
UPSETTER REVOLUTION RHYTHM (1971) was the companion album to the latter disc, featuring the instrumental rhythm tracks (or "versions") of the songs on SOUL REVOLUTION PART II.
One of the biggest stars at the time was Scratch who was charting both in his Upsetter guise and as a producer for other Jamaican artists.
Adoration, 40-1 upsetter in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita, has been retired with an ankle injury.
A 6-5 favorite on the morning line, Pleasantly Perfect has drawn seven opponents, including Choctaw Nation, his upsetter in the recent San Diego Handicap; Total Impact, the Hollywood Gold Cup winner; and Perfect Drift and Colonial Colony, major race winners who shipped in from Kentucky.
I've had my share on both sides, being the upsetter and the upsettee.
Also working were 2002 Classic upsetter Volponi, 3 furlongs in 35 seconds on Belmont Park's training track, and Dynever, 4 furlongs in 49 1/5 on Belmont's main track.
Among those aiming for the race are Medaglia d'Oro, Congaree, Ten Most Wanted, Moon Ballad and 2002 upsetter Volponi.
Meanwhile, Medaglia d'Oro, Harlan's Holiday and 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic upsetter Volponi head Saratoga's $750,000 Whitney Handicap on Sunday.
I've Been Out There: On the Road with Legends of Rock 'n Roll comes from a Houston blues and R&B legend who describes a career on the road supporting the likes of Little Richard, James Brown and other greats, and is an autobiography that pairs Gaines' experiences with observations of life on the road, the evolution of the genres, and the progress of the Upsetters, a backing band that saw such greats as Sam Cooke and Gladys Knight and the Pips to fame.
Enjoy fine art, drinks and live performances by Martha Wash of The Weather Girls, C+C Music Factory and Black Box fame, as well as Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 5 to 9:30pm.
Following the ceremony, the bride's parents hosted a reception at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, where an elegant seated dinner was served and guests danced to the music of Grady Gaines and The Texas Upsetters.
Attracting bands and artists as diverse The Small Faces to the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and from The Upsetters to Max Romeo the Chesford had truly positioned itself as a major venue.
People are generally reluctant to suggest ideas in case colleagues think they are wrong or inappropriate or don't understand them, and they then look foolish - or are alienated as upsetters of apple carts.