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

Definition of applecart

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

Examples of applecart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Assume another Republican seat is added, though if the commission upsets the proverbial applecart in the state, that number could grow. Sean Trende, National Review, "What Redrawn Districts Could Mean for House Control in 2023," 13 Nov. 2020 With the La Porte Texans bringing a perfect 6-0 record to the game and averaging 23 points per contest, no one imagined the 3-3 Tigers would come within a two-point kick of upsetting the TIFI applecart. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park Junior Tigers throw first-place La Porte Texans scare in 14-13 loss," 30 Sep. 2019 For Pasadena, hopes of upsetting the applecart went out the window after the Game 1 loss. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Quest for best Pasadena ISD volleyball record and possible playoff berth is underway," 3 Sep. 2019 As angry Trumpsters upset the Republican establishment applecart in 2016, angry democratic socialists and progressives are doing to the Democrat establishment today. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: Let’s take a deeper look behind Hickenlooper’s poll numbers," 23 Aug. 2019 Trying to upset 22-6A’s applecart is one thing, trying to do the same in 21-6A is another. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Magazine belie ves little will change in 22-6A football battles," 22 July 2019 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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First Known Use of applecart

1788, in the meaning defined above

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26 Nov 2020

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“Applecart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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