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.
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pull the rug from under someone/something

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pull the rug from under someone's feet

COMMON If someone pulls the rug from under someone or something or pulls the rug from under someone's feet, they suddenly stop helping and supporting them. Just when we got close to saving the shipyard, the Government pulled the rug from under our feet. The banks may yet pull the rug from under the project.
See also: pull, rug, someone, something

pull the rug (from under someone)

abruptly withdraw support from someone.
See also: pull, rug
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Eight years ago when all the club chairs met to talk about the new sports centre we were promised the same time and space in the new centre, they've pulled the rug from under our feet at a very late stage.
The SFA pulled the rug from under our feet which was bitterly disappointing.
The IRB has pulled the rug from under our feet and caused panic in the process.
We felt Saddam had pulled the rug from under our feet.
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