pull the rug from under
phrasal to weaken or unsettle especially by removing support or assistance from

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pull the rug from under — (someone/something) to suddenly take away help or support from someone, or to suddenly do something which causes many problems for them. The school pulled the rug from under the basketball team by making them pay to practise in the school… …   New idioms dictionary

  • pull the rug from under — phrasal : to remove support or assistance from * * * pull the rug from under ( ● pull * * * pull the rug (out) from under informal : to very suddenly take something needed or expected from (someone or something) We were ready to start work on the …   Useful english dictionary

  • pull the rug from under someone — pull the rug from under (someone/something) to suddenly take away help or support from someone, or to suddenly do something which causes many problems for them. The school pulled the rug from under the basketball team by making them pay to… …   New idioms dictionary

  • pull the rug from under something — pull the rug from under (someone/something) to suddenly take away help or support from someone, or to suddenly do something which causes many problems for them. The school pulled the rug from under the basketball team by making them pay to… …   New idioms dictionary

  • pull the rug from under (to) —  Undermine; suddenly cease support for.  ► “Worse, foreign commercial banks might be tempted to pull the rug from under Japanese banks in the interbank markets.” (Banker, Aug. 1995, p. 6) …   American business jargon

  • pull the rug from under someone — pull the rug (out) from under someone abruptly withdraw support (from someone) the rug was pulled right out from beneath our feet …   Useful english dictionary

  • pull the rug from under one's feet — sabotage someone s efforts, destroy the foundation of someone s works …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pull the rug —    If you pull the rug from under someone s feet, you suddenly and unexpectedly remove all help or support.     When Andy s mother stopped sending him money, she pulled the rug from under his feet and forced him to find a job …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • pull the rug (out) from under someone — pull the rug (out) from under (someone/something) to suddenly take away important support from someone. The school pulled the rug from under the local team by making them pay to practice in the school gym …   New idioms dictionary

  • pull the rug (out) from under something — pull the rug (out) from under (someone/something) to suddenly take away important support from someone. The school pulled the rug from under the local team by making them pay to practice in the school gym …   New idioms dictionary

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