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upset the apple cart

Definition of upset the apple cart


  1. :  to do something that changes or spoils a plan, situation, system, etc. <Let's not upset the apple cart by introducing new rules.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to thicken and shorten (as a heated bar of iron) by hammering on the end :  swage

    :  to force out of the usual upright, level, or proper position :  overturn

    :  to trouble mentally or emotionally :  disturb the poise of

  1. :  an act of overturning :  overturn

    :  an act of throwing into disorder :  derangement

    :  a state of disorder :  confusion

  1. :  emotionally disturbed or agitated

  1. :  the fleshy usually rounded red, yellow, or green edible pome fruit of a usually cultivated tree (genus Malus) of the rose family

    :  an apple tree — compare crab apple

    :  a fruit (as a star apple) or other vegetative growth (as an oak apple) suggestive of an apple

  1. :  a heavy usually horse-drawn 2-wheeled vehicle used for farming or transporting freight

    :  a lightweight 2-wheeled vehicle drawn by a horse, pony, or dog

    :  a small wheeled vehicle

  1. :  to carry or convey in or as if in a cart

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a jerking and twitching of the body

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