Pull the rug out from under



verb phrase

To undermine or disable; put opponents at a great and often sudden disadvantage: They were intended to pull the rug out from under left-wing critics (1946+)
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 ]

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