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pull the rug (out) from under (someone)

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 me when my health insurance said it was going to stop paying for my medical bills. I'd love to quit my job, but I just can't pull the rug from under my team like that.
See also: pull, rug

pull the rug (out) from under

Informal
To remove all support and assistance from, usually suddenly.
See also: pull, rug
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Finally, after half a century out of the top flight, they find a manager who leads them back to the promised land - and then they pull the rug from under his feet.
Despite this glaring problem, Republicans are attempting to pull the rug from under the disadvantaged and most vulnerable of our society with these budget cuts.
but the leaders will be out to pull the rug from under the Clyde manager's feet today.
Russell's lazy student union crowd-pleasers might get him a column at the Guardian or a gig on 10 O'Clock Live, but they were hardly likely to pull the rug from under a master manipulator such as Boris.
IT'S typical of Everton to build up your hopes one week, only to then pull the rug from under you the next.
The best-laid plans to pull the rug from under the silky Spanish evaporated in Gdansk last night - it was simply too big an ask for our battling Boys in Green.
And the move would pull the rug from under David Cameron's plans for a big society, she said, as many of the threatened charities provided exactly the sort of work the PM wanted to promote.
It would pull the rug from under his offensive claim for "loss of earnings" at a time when two million people are on the dole and he walked into a job at Crystal Palace a few months later.
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