Cliché Meaning: upsetting the status quo. Origins and uses.
Rewrite 1: tilttv1* the game
Rewrite 2: jiggle the pitcher
Rewrite 3: juggle the glass
Rewrite 4: splittv2a the plank
Comment: Answers.com gives “disturb a stable situation” for meaning, but I see a wider application here in terms of the effects of disturbing the situation.
*Note: In rewrite 1 above, in addition to inclining the game, I meant the sense of “tilt” in which you cause the game to freeze up during play because you inclined or jiggled it too much. This denotation was more in-use with arcade games back in the 20th century.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• List of movie clichés by genre. “Each cinematic genre generally has its own litany of clichés”