Pull the rug from under their feet - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
pull the rug (out) from under (someone's) feet (redirected from pull the rug from under their feet)
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.
References in periodicals archive
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.