pull the rug out

pull the rug out (from under someone)

Fig. to make someone or someone's plans fall through; to upset someone's plans. Don pulled the rug out from under me in my deal with Bill Franklin. I was close to getting the contract until Don came along and pulled out the rug.
See also: out, pull, rug
References in periodicals archive ?
And no matter how much some of the national newspapers seem determined to pull the rug out from beneath the property market, people will always want a home of their own and property will remain a good, long-term investment.
Full browser ?