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Back formation from pull the rug out from under

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rug-pull (plural rug-pulls)

  1. A sudden revelation that completely contradicts the assumptions one has been lead to believe.
    • 1977, The Nation - Volume 224, page 413:
      Perhaps this necessity to be on guard for the next rug-pull is what makes A Footstep of Air proceed in fatiguing seesaws instead of invigorating changes of pace.
    • 2003, David L. Baumer & ‎Julius Carl Poindexter, Legal environment of business in the information age, page 583:
      We thus reject what appears to be L&F's chief grievance: that the "rug-pull" effect conveyed the false message that LYSOL merely appears to clean.
    • 2018 July 25, A. A. Dowd, “Fallout may be the Most Breathlessly Intense Mission: Impossible Adventure Yet”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 31 July 2018:
      But part of the movie’s nonstop fun is the way [Christopher] McQuarrie taps back into the genre’s (and this series’) games of subterfuge, misdirection, and indeterminate loyalties, beginning with the fiendishly clever rug-pull of its worst-case-scenario prologue and epitomized by the goofily irresistible sight of characters dramatically ripping off lifelike rubber masks.