ap·​ple·​cart | \ -ˌkärt How to pronounce applecart (audio) \

Definition of applecart

: a plan, system, situation, or undertaking that may be disrupted or terminated upset the applecart

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But recognizing horizontal gene transfer doesn’t upset the Darwinian applecart. David P. Barash, WSJ, "‘The Tangled Tree’ Review: From Tiny Seeds," 9 Aug. 2018 Trump’s applecart-upsetting comments during his first European visit as president sent shockwaves through the transatlantic community, with some observers like Ivo Daalder, the former US ambassador to NATO, calling the moment a turning point. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "After Trump trip, is Europe ready to go it alone?," 31 May 2017 Sit on your hands in September when an urge to make changes could upset an important applecart. Jeraldine Saunders, The Mercury News, "Horoscope: April 17, 2017," 17 Apr. 2017

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1788, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of applecart was in 1788

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