pull the rug from under something

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 practise in the school gymnasium.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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 — (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 (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 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

  • rug — [[t]rʌ̱g[/t]] rugs 1) N COUNT A rug is a piece of thick material that you put on a floor. It is like a carpet but covers a smaller area. A Persian rug covered the hardwood floors. 2) N COUNT A rug is a small blanket which you use to cover your… …   English dictionary

  • 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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