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cut the ground from under(neath) (one's) feet

To suddenly cause problems for one. I plan to cut the ground from underneath the prosecutor's feet with this line of questioning.
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cut the ground from under someone

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cut the ground from under someone's feet

If you cut the ground from under someone or cut the ground from under their feet, you make their ideas or opinions seem less impressive, often by doing something unexpected. The sudden announcement was seen by many as an attempt to cut the ground from under the president's feet.
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cut the ground from under someone's feet

do something which leaves someone without a reason or justification for their actions or opinions. informal
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But it was downhill from there for the hosts, who conceded further first-half tries through Aaron Bramwell and another two for scrum-half Rowlands, as Bedwas tore the Neath defence to shreds.
Neath is establishing a growing reputation as a place to eat and drink and has seen significant investment from private companies and individuals in premises such as Moruzzi & Co and Charlie's Wine Bar & Grill.
It was Neath who took the lead on 34 minutes when Luke Price - on as a replacement for injured full-back Aaron Bramwell - split the posts with a penalty from just over halfway before adding a second penalty three minutes later.
Keys, who three days earlier had humbled Newport 51-14, were hampered early in the second-half by the sin-binning of captain Rob Nash, although Neath did not take advantage of the extra man after a Langdon penalty, which followed the Nash yellow card.
Neath regained the lead 10 minutes from time as the home side worked a superb overlap for winger Gareth Morris to race clear.
Man-of-the-Match Dafydd James finished off after the Neath defence had been completely outflanked by a combination of pace and decisive passing.
Neath helped build several emerging growth, technology companies in the Austin area, including spending two years as President and COO of Works, Inc.
We in Neath, like the rest of Wales, are a proud people and should, like any other country in the world, have our national flag flying over historic monuments.
We have some of the top comedians in the world coming to Neath this July in addition to some of the best comics that Wales has to offer.
Aberavon finished strongly but came up short as the Neath defence dug in, but the hosts did take away a losing bonus point thanks to a Williams penalty.
Neath came within inches of a try as their forwards pounded the Cardiff line and, although they held out, the visitors' relief was only temporary as wing Jamie Davies (inset) crossed in the corner after opposite number Matthew John had seen yellow.
After absorbing a lengthy spell of Leicester pressure in and around their 22, Neath broke away and established an attacking platform from which they ultimately prospered.
And they suffered a further blow when star lock Ian Gough was sent off by referee Peter Bolland for kicking Neath flanker Ian Boobyer in the head.
Rhodri Apsee was shown a red card on half time, Neath leading by one point, but three Cai Evans penalties and a late Aaron Grabham try secured a Ravens' win.
Since her election, Christina Rees, who was formerly married to ex-Welsh Secretary Ron Davies, has changed Neath Voice's privacy setting from public to secret, and regular users have found themselves unable to post messages.