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thick fabric, usually woolen (but often synthetic), commonly used today as a floor covering. Carpet Types and Modern Manufactures
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1. a floor covering, smaller than a carpet and made of thick wool or of other material, such as an animal skin
2. Chiefly Brit a blanket, esp one used as a wrap or lap robe for travellers
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RMT leader Bob Crow said: "RMT negotiators spent all afternoon and early evening at Acas putting together a deal which could have settled the dispute, only for London Underground to bring in lawyers at the last minute, who pulled the rug from under a workable agreement.
In 2008, that same bank pulled the rug out from under XL because of finance problems associated with fuel.
Now, just as she was getting used to the idea of becoming a mum, fate pulled the rug from under the leggy barmaid, with a lump in her breast.
Ditching your band was a rotten thing to do - they were virtually assured of success until you pulled the rug from under them.
We are, after all, the two-time defending Olympic gold medalists, having twice squashed powerful France during the games of 1920 and 1924 - before someone pulled the rug out from under rugby and replaced it with, who knows, rhythmic cat juggling?
As Channel 4 has pulled the rug from under Racing UK's feet on the more prestigious races, it now seems a very disjointed set-up.
I'd supported Nader in 2000, and I'd never quite bought the blather that he had pulled the rug from under Gore, but this time .
So whilst they were busily trying to secure their London base by telling the Richard Commission that Wales really didn't deserve more powers,Tony Blair had pulled the rug from under them.
Quitama isn't the only one who feels like the year-old administration of Jamil Mahuad has pulled the rug out from under him.
In the time it took the NC market to splutter into action, the price of PCs fell so much that they pulled the rug from under the NC market, despite the NC maven's protestations that real cost of computing lay in the cost of ownership, not the cost of purchase.
In either case, dwindling resources eventually pulled the rug out from under the large species.
Uncle Sam may have pulled the rug out from under savings bonds in February by lowering rates two full percentage points.

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