Значение идиомы cut the ground from under

[cut the ground from under] {v. phr.} {informal} To make fail; upset the plans of; spoil the argument for in advance.

Paul wanted to be captain but we cut the ground from under him by saying that Henry was the best player on the team.

Several workers applied for the retiring foreman’s job, but the owner cut the ground from under them by hiring a foreman from another company.


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