couper l’herbe sous le pied de quelqu’un

“Couper l’herbe sous le pied de quelqu’un” is a fun figurative French idiom that translates directly to “to cut the grass under somebody’s feet”. Here’s the English meaning:

  • to cut the ground from under somebody’s feet
  • to pull the rug out from under somebody’s feet offers the following meaning in French: To frustrate somebody with an expected advantage by passing them, or to prevent somebody from succeeding in business by taking their place.

Here’s an example sentence:

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