Meaning of “pull the rug out (from under someone)” in the English Dictionary

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"pull the rug out (from under someone)" in American English

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pull the rug out (from under someone)

to suddenly take away important support from someone:

The school pulled the rug out from under the city soccer league when they asked them to pay for using their field.

(Definition of “pull the rug out (from under someone)” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)