pull the rug (out) from under (someone's) feet

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pull the rug (out) from under (someone's) feet

To suddenly or unexpectedly remove or rescind support, help, or assistance from someone; to abruptly leave someone in a problematic or difficult situation. I felt like someone had pulled the rug out from under my feet when my health insurance said it was going to stop paying for my medical bills. I'd love to up and quit my job, but I just can't pull the rug from under their feet like that.
See also: feet, pull, rug
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men won both the league ties against Mumbai this year and they would be eager to pull the rug from under their feet for one more time to get another shot at the title.
The moment that an organisation believes in their own infallibility then there will be something that comes along to pull the rug from under their feet.
American workers need to know that during hard times their government won't pull the rug from under their feet to line the pockets of non-local companies.
At least their destiny will be in their own hands; they will be able to plan ahead and build up support in the knowledge that the BHB will not be able to pull the rug from under their feet at the very time a particular meeting becomes established and profitable.
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