pull the rug out from under

pull the rug out from under
spoil someone's plans, withdraw support

He pulled the rug out from under our plans to open a branch office in New York.


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  • 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 — ► pull the rug out from under abruptly expose or withdraw support from. Main Entry: ↑rug …   English terms dictionary

  • pull the rug out from under — intransitive verb see pull III * * * 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 project when the mayor pulled the rug out from under… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pull the rug (out) from under someone — phrase to suddenly stop supporting someone They want to pull the rug out from under the people who really need health care. Thesaurus: to cause problems for someone or somethingsynonym Main entry: rug …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • pull the rug (out) from under somebody's feet — pull the rug (out) from under sb s ˈfeet idiom (informal) to take help or support away from sb suddenly Main entry: ↑pullidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • pull the rug out from under — {v. phr.}, {informal} To withdraw support unexpectedly from; to spoil the plans of. * /Bill thought he would be elected, but his friends pulled the rug out from under him and voted for Vin./ * /We were planning a vacation, but the baby s illness… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pull the rug out from under — {v. phr.}, {informal} To withdraw support unexpectedly from; to spoil the plans of. * /Bill thought he would be elected, but his friends pulled the rug out from under him and voted for Vin./ * /We were planning a vacation, but the baby s illness… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pull\ the\ rug\ out\ from\ under — v. phr. informal To withdraw support unexpectedly from; to spoil the plans of. Bill thought he would be elected, but his friends pulled the rug out from under him and voted for Vin. We were planning a vacation, but the baby s illness pulled the… …   Словарь американских идиом

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