pull the rug (out) from under (someone's) feet

(redirected from pulled 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.
See also: feet, pull, rug
References in periodicals archive ?
And RCB are now playing an opponent, which they had no match in their last meeting but a hurricane knock by David Miller pulled the rug from under their feet.
They went in with confidence and belief after last week's win over Celtic, but Chris Sutton pulled the rug from under their feet.
Full browser ?