[ap-uh l-kahrt]
  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.

Origin of applecart

First recorded in 1780–90; apple + cart Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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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