Pull The Rug From Under Someone’s Feet?

What is the meaning of the phrase Pull The Rug From Under Someone’s Feet?

By Sarah, Argentina - 19th Sep. -2007

If someone were to pull the rug on which you are standing, what do you think is likely to happen? You will probably fall and hurt your self and in the process create problems for yourself. When someone pulls the rug from under your feet, what he is doing is taking away the support or help that you have been receiving. By taking away your support rather unexpectedly, he creates all kinds of problems for you.

Here are few examples:

• Paha pulled the rug from under his children’s feet by denying them their allowance.

• The company was losing money. It decided to pull the rug from under the fated project.

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