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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Eight years ago when all the club chairs met to talk about the new sports centre we were promised the same time and space in the new centre, they've pulled the rug from under our feet at a very late stage.
The SFA pulled the rug from under our feet which was bitterly disappointing.
The IRB has pulled the rug from under our feet and caused panic in the process.
We felt Saddam had pulled the rug from under our feet.
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