pull the rug from under


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pull the rug (out) from under somebody/something

also pull the rug (out) from under somebody's feet
to suddenly take away important support from someone The school pulled the rug from under the local team by making them pay to practice in the school gym.
See also: pull, rug

pull the rug from under somebody/something

  also pull the rug from under somebody's feet
to suddenly take away help or support from someone, or to suddenly do something which causes many problems for them The school pulled the rug from under the basketball team by making them pay to practise in the school gymnasium.
See also: pull, rug

pull the rug (out) from under

Informal
To remove all support and assistance from, usually suddenly.
See also: pull, rug
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Finally, after half a century out of the top flight, they find a manager who leads them back to the promised land - and then they pull the rug from under his feet.
Despite this glaring problem, Republicans are attempting to pull the rug from under the disadvantaged and most vulnerable of our society with these budget cuts.
but the leaders will be out to pull the rug from under the Clyde manager's feet today.
Russell's lazy student union crowd-pleasers might get him a column at the Guardian or a gig on 10 O'Clock Live, but they were hardly likely to pull the rug from under a master manipulator such as Boris.
IT'S typical of Everton to build up your hopes one week, only to then pull the rug from under you the next.
The best-laid plans to pull the rug from under the silky Spanish evaporated in Gdansk last night - it was simply too big an ask for our battling Boys in Green.
And the move would pull the rug from under David Cameron's plans for a big society, she said, as many of the threatened charities provided exactly the sort of work the PM wanted to promote.
It would pull the rug from under his offensive claim for "loss of earnings" at a time when two million people are on the dole and he walked into a job at Crystal Palace a few months later.
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