have one's legs/feet/knees cut out from under (one)

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: be knocked down by something that hits one's legs very hard When I learned that I was seriously ill, I felt as if my feet were cut out from under me. often used figuratively. When the program lost the grant its financial legs had been cut out from under it.

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