pull the rug (out) from under

Definition of pull the rug (out) from under

informal

  1. :  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 us and cut the funding.

Word by Word Definitions

pullplay
  1. :  to exert force upon so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the force

    :  to stretch (cooling candy) repeatedly

    :  to strain abnormally

  1. :  the act or an instance of pulling

    :  a draft of liquid

    :  an inhalation of smoke

  1. :  lap robe

    :  a piece of thick heavy fabric that usually has a nap or pile and is used as a floor covering

    :  a floor mat of an animal pelt

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

underplay
  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate


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