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 The supplier spent two decades manufacturing the Cameroon national team jerseys and used it as an opportunity to really upset the applecart. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 But unlike France, knocked out by the Netherlands in the quarterfinals, and England, eliminated during the group stage, Germany, coached by Stefan Kuntz, managed to upset the applecart. Manuel Veth, Forbes, 6 June 2021 And this ‘goldilocks’ scenario is something Wall Street seems to like: the possibility of more economic support for a struggling economy without the possibility of legislation that will completely upset the applecart. Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner, The Enquirer, 14 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 30 Sep. 2019 For Pasadena, hopes of upsetting the applecart went out the window after the Game 1 loss. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 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, 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, 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of applecart

1788, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of applecart was in 1788

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Last Updated

10 Oct 2021

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“Applecart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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