Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

cut the legs out from under (sb)

cut the legs out from under somebody
Meaning(s)
1) spoil, weaken, or limit somebody's plan or position
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    • my boss cut the legs out from under me
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  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The new law being debated in Congress was formulated with the sole aim of cutting the legs out from under the President.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Going into the takeover negotiations, we had the legs cut from under us when our recent poor sales record was leaked.
    2. My boss cut my legs out from under me when he assigned some of my usual responsibilities to another member of staff. Now I have much less influence over my department.
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