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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Rooney had hoped to start discussions about a new contract, but instead United appear to be pulling the rug from under his feet.
the anti-torture treaty pulling the rug from under his feet.
Jones has done a smashing job at Cardiff even though they keep pulling the rug from under his feet in terms of selling their best young talent like Chris Gunter to Tottenham earlier this season.
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