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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 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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"Tyson Fury is the outsider here, but he has a history of upsetting the applecart.
"Tyson Fury is the outsider here but he has a history of upsetting the applecart.
"Tyson Fury is the outsider here, but he has a history of upsetting the applecart. But I am leaning pretty heavily towards Wilder, taking into account how the two of them have lived their lives over the past few years.
However, Michael O'Neill's side will look to continue upsetting the applecart and central to the plan will be West Brom duo Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans (pictured).
He admitted that in presence of world's top team it will not be easy but added consistent batting, bowling, fielding and fitness, Pakistan team was capable of upsetting the applecart.
The Tamworth saga is a vivid example of the modern world's mania for upsetting the applecart for profit: Banks became casinos, gambling their futures with reckless lending; breweries ditched brewing in favour of property speculation; football clubs became money-making cartels for foreign investors and cricketing authorities chased the cash cow that is the fast food of Twenty-20 rather than the fillet steak of a Test match.
Wolves travel to Spurs today and McCarthy expects the London club to push for the title - but adds: "We do have that nasty habit of upsetting the applecart."
"To win at a side who are potentially top four - and I think they can be - isn't something you're expecting to do but upsetting the applecart is a nice feeling.
And with Cardiff lacking ideas there seemed little danger of last season's FA Cup finalists upsetting the applecart.
The small club that comes up and causes all manner of bedlam initially by winning a few and upsetting the applecart (they're such emotional vehicles) in their first season before getting walloped by all and sundry in their next.
However, both hands of the clock point to his chance of upsetting the applecart. The Richard Whitaker-trained five-year-old ended a lengthy barren spell over today's trip and track last month and official ratings are not etched in stone.
IDC's senior research director in charge of European Commercial Systems, Martin Hingley, says customers that have already tested and certified systems ahead of the millennium are unlikely to risk upsetting the applecart by buying again before 2000.
Karen's gold medal from a similar meet in Finland last Sunday is proof that she's capable of upsetting the applecart.
"To win at a side who are potentially top four isn't something you're expecting to do but upsetting the applecart is a nice feeling."
Of course there is a precedent for upsets in the Gold Cup as we have seen with winners like 100-1 shot Norton's Coin, and if any chaser is capable of upsetting the applecart it's likely to be the tough Halcon Genelardais.