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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They had one foot in the summit clash when they had Royal Challengers Bangalore on the mat in first Qualifier but AB de Villiers pulled the rug from under their feet with his sensational batting.
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.
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