Upset the Applecart

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Spoil careful plans, to mess with someone plans, to cause trouble, to interfere with a plan


  • This expression came from the word “cart” used in the famous saying by ancient Romans. In the 19th century, the expression was modified by adding “apple”. The modified phrase was used to as a metaphor for ruining the plans that were carefully designed. The expression can be understood by imagining a farmer on a way to market to sell a large pile of apple in a cart. If someone along the way knocks the cart which would spill the apples in the cart. The knock will severely damage the plans of the farmer.

You should not upset the applecart by telling him our destination.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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upset the applecartTo spoil carefully laid plans or arrangements; to spoil something.
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