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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The banks are the culprits for encouraging people to spend money they don't have, then pulling the rug from under our feet.
While we have been striving to turn the company's bad fortune round they seem to be pulling the rug from under our feet at the same time.
I can't believe that at this late stage, when we are actually interviewing candidates for the post, that they can even think about pulling the rug from under our feet like this.
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