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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Dahl delights in pulling the rug from under your feet just as you're feeling comfortable but, as with his stories about a seemingly benign landlady and strangers embroiled in a high-stakes bet, he doesn't always go far enough to thrill us.
A YOU have two major planets in your sign - Uranus and Neptune, which has the habit of pulling the rug from under your feet.
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