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.
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pull the rug (from under someone)

abruptly withdraw support from someone.
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He focused a lot on the national health scheme, really followed through with it and after all his hard work and getting threatened by the unions…they (the cabinet) pulled the rug from under his feet," one MP told the Cyprus Mail.
Simon must be ruing his missed chances as he could have wrapped up the title as early as the fifth game when he failed to convert two match points before the gutsy Italian pulled the rug from under his feet.
The Episode 6 of "Suits" Season 4, "Litt the Hell Up," gave Mike moments of complete control and then pulled the rug from under his feet.
And the board's decision to sell Dan Fox and Scott Dann to Coventry in January well and truly pulled the rug from under his feet, just when a serious promotiod bid seemed nigh.
And while Faroes boss Henrik Larsen thought he was pulling a fast one by getting his Denmark spies to report on the Scots the same night, Vogts has now pulled the rug from under his feet.
Pauline, 37, who was also involved in that programme, added: "They pulled the rug from under his feet and that was the one that nearly did for him.
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