pull the rug (out) from under something

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.


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  • 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 — (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 — 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 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

  • rug — [rʌg] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: From a Scandinavian language] 1.) a piece of thick cloth or wool that covers part of a floor, used for warmth or as a decoration →↑mat, carpet ↑carpet 2.) BrE a large piece of material that you can wrap around… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pull — pull1 W1S1 [pul] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(move something towards you)¦ 2¦(remove)¦ 3¦(make something follow you)¦ 4¦(take something out)¦ 5¦(clothing)¦ 6¦(move your body)¦ 7¦(muscle)¦ 8 pull strings 9 pull the/somebody s strings …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pull — 1 /pUl/ verb 1 MOVE STH TOWARDS YOU (I, T) to use your hands to make something move towards you or in the direction that you are moving: Help me move the piano; you push and I ll pull. | pull sth: I pulled the handle and it just snapped off! |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rug — noun (C) 1 a piece of thick cloth or wool that is smaller than a carpet and is put on the floor as decoration compare mat 1 2 BrE a large piece of material that you can wrap around yourself, especially when you are travelling 3 pull the rug (out) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pull — /pʊl / (say pool) verb (t) 1. to draw or haul towards oneself or itself, in a particular direction, or into a particular position: to pull a sledge up a hill. 2. to draw or tug at with force: to pull a person s hair. 3. to draw, rend, or tear… …  

  • pull — {{11}}pull (n.) personal or private influence, 1889, Amer.Eng., from PULL (Cf. pull) (v.). {{12}}pull (v.) O.E. pullian to pluck or draw out, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Low Ger. pulen remove the shell or husk. Original sense preserved… …   Etymology dictionary

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