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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