applecart

/ˈæpəlkat/ (say 'apuhlkaht)

noun
1. a cart or market barrow for apples.
phrase
2. upset the applecart, to disrupt plans. {Phrase Origin: In late 18th-century British English applecart also meant `the human body', and `a plan' (a dialect use). All three senses seem to come together in this phrase, which appeared in colloquial use in the early 19th century and was popularised in the 1930s by GB Shaw's play The Apple Cart.}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • applecart — n. 1. the planning that is disrupted when someone upsets the applecart . [WordNet 1.5] 2. a cart from which apples and other fruit are sold in the street. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • applecart — noun 1. the planning that is disrupted when someone upsets the applecart • Hypernyms: ↑planning, ↑preparation, ↑provision 2. a handcart from which apples and other fruit are sold in the street • Hypernyms: ↑handcart, ↑pushcart, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • applecart — See: UPSET THE APPLECART or UPSET ONE S APPLECART …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • applecart — /ap euhl kahrt /, n. 1. a pushcart used by a vendor of apples. 2. upset the or someone s applecart, to ruin plans or arrangements; spoil something: He was making a fantastic profit until a competitor upset the applecart by cutting prices. [1780… …   Universalium

  • applecart — See: upset the applecart or upset one s applecart …   Словарь американских идиом

  • applecart — [[t]æ̱p(ə)lkɑː(r)t[/t]] PHRASE: V inflects If you upset the applecart, you do something which causes a plan, system, or arrangement to go wrong. They may also be friends of the chairman, so they are reluctant to upset the applecart …   English dictionary

  • applecart — noun Date: 1788 a plan, system, situation, or undertaking that may be disrupted or terminated < upset the applecart > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • applecart — ap|ple|cart [ æpl,kart ] noun upset the applecart to spoil someone s plan or arrangement …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • applecart — UK [ˈæp(ə)lˌkɑː(r)t] / US [ˈæp(ə)lˌkɑrt] noun upset the applecart …   English dictionary

  • applecart — noun a) A barrow from which apples and other fruit were formerly sold in the street b) A planned situation …   Wiktionary

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