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[ap-uh l-kahrt]
  1. a pushcart used by a vendor of apples.
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  1. upset the/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.
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Origin of applecart

First recorded in 1780–90; apple + cart
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Examples from the Web for applecart

Historical Examples

  • And those confounded people must go and upset the applecart.

    Caesar's Wife

    William Somerset Maugham

  • To anyone who has tho slightest acquaintance with Applecart the very idea of a platform is fantastic.

  • Without you I can't do anything but kick over the applecart for Whit Monk; and that sort of revenge is mighty unsatisfactory.

    Alias The Lone Wolf

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for applecart


  1. a cart or barrow from which apples and other fruit are sold in the street
  2. upset the applecart to spoil plans or arrangements
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