pull the rug (out) from under (someone)

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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

Remove all support and assistance from, usually suddenly. For example, Stopping his allowance pulled the rug out from under him, forcing him to look for a job . This metaphoric term alludes to pulling on a rug a person is standing on so that he or she falls. [Mid-1900s]
See also: out, 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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It is unbelievable that they would pull the rug from under us like this.
He said: "The Government chose to pull the rug from under us.
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