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.
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pull the rug from under someone/something

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pull the rug from under someone's feet

COMMON If someone pulls the rug from under someone or something or pulls the rug from under someone's feet, they suddenly stop helping and supporting them. Just when we got close to saving the shipyard, the Government pulled the rug from under our feet. The banks may yet pull the rug from under the project.
See also: pull, rug, someone, something

pull the rug (from under someone)

abruptly withdraw support from someone.
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The BBL effectively threatened to pull the rug from under their feet, so to speak.
If wind energy is all it's cracked up to be, then the wind industry will not collapse - it is as simple as that, pull the rug from under their feet.
Also, to lobby our MPs for the immediate halt of subsidies for wind generated electricity - if wind energy is all it's cracked up to be (which it isn't), then the wind industry will not collapse (which it will) - it is as simple as that, pull the rug from under their feet.
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.
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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