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upset the apple cart

Definition of upset the apple cart in English:

Spoil a plan or disturb the status quo.
Example sentences
  • And, because I'm a contrarian at heart, I'll root for perverse storylines that will upset the apple cart and disturb the powers that be.
  • They were breaking with the status quo, upsetting the apple cart, taking part in a 60s style rebellion against the establishment.
  • Once upon a time, books were meant to upset the apple cart, to make politicians nervous, threaten the status quo, shake up our expectations, make us question things anew.
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