Inglês em Filmes: Brace yourself / Upset the applecart

200px-the-ultimate-gift-poster.jpgHi guys! Today I’m going to talk about a very nice movie: “The Ultimate Gift”. This is a film based on author Jim Stovall’s bestselling novel. The story is about a boy named Jason whose grandfather just died. When he goes to claim his inheritance (which he thought was a part of his grandfather’s multi-billion dollar company), things don’t happen they way he expected. Jason must complete 12 separate assignments within a year, to receive 12 “gifts” leading to an “ultimate gift”. The gifts of money, friends and learning are among the dozen that Jason must learn before he is eligible for the mysterious “Ultimate Gift” his grandfather’s will has for him.

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Okay, now, two phrases caught my attention.


To “Brace (someone or oneself)” is a way to say “prepare for something difficult or unpleasant”. In other words, if you hear “Brace yourself!” it means“Prepare yourself! (something bad is coming).” Could be used as a threat.


This other expression was mentioned by Jason’s mother. She said, “I’m not going to upset the whole apple cart just because you’re facing a few challenges. I’m sorry.” To “upset the applecart” means to spoil a plan or disturb the status quo[1]. The “applecart” is a plan, system, situation, or undertaking that may be disrupted or terminated (used mainly with this expression).

Until next time!

[1] Read the article about the “status quo” here:

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Karin Sequen

Karin é Guatemalteca e trabalha como analista de sistemas em seu país. Participa de diversos grupos no Yahoo onde discute sobre o idioma inglês. Colabora periodicamente com o English Experts.

6 comentários

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  • 18/01/08  
    Mary diz: 2

    Thank you for your interesting article, Karin. I liked the phrase “upsetting the apple cart” as a synonym for “changing status quo” . hese are some additional synonyms: challenge the status quo, complain, disturb, disturb the balance, make a stink*, make waves*, stir things up*, in addition to “upset the apple cart”.

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