Pulling the Rug from Right Out Under You

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rugHave you ever heard someone use a phrase about pulling the rug from right out under you? I was wondering if this was related to some kind of game, but actually, according to grammarist.com, it isn’t necessarily. There isn’t much information about the origin of the word, but it is likely American in origin, and probably from the 19th century.

We of course know that it means – to surprise someone by making an unanticipated move. No one wants this to happen to them, of course. Although it could have originated from a game, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence supporting this!