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Is there a word or phrase that succinctly describes the act of pulling the chair when someone's sitting?

If there isn't a word or phrase that describes this act is that (pulling the chair when someone's sitting) an appropriate description of the act?

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How about 'bloody stupid'? – WS2 Feb 4 '14 at 20:59
@WS2 Huh? So it would go "He did a bloody stupid with him?". – Bleeding Fingers Feb 4 '14 at 21:01
I would probably add 'thing'. He did a 'bloody stupid thing' with him. – WS2 Feb 4 '14 at 21:07
@WS2 Question updated. Plus that doesn't sound decent, irrespective of the fact that the act might not be decent (keeping aside close friends). – Bleeding Fingers Feb 4 '14 at 21:09
Apparently it's practically a national sport in India. Who is the best Chair puller ? Chiranjeevi or Balayya or Naresh? – FumbleFingers Feb 4 '14 at 23:50

Clunky as it seems, there is a preponderance of examples of "pulled the chair out from under..." in Google. It is also idiomatic to mean that someone is caught off-guard or unprepared as in this example:

Grizzlies pull chair out from under Durant and Thunder, take Game 2, 99-93

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Yep, if the person has not yet completely sat down then "pulling the chair out from under him" is the the set phrase that I've always heard. Never heard a single word for it, or even a shorter phrase. – Hot Licks Dec 16 '14 at 3:26

I doubt it. Do you know any language that would have a word for it? :-)

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Decathedration? Used by Alexander Hamilton in 'The History of the Ancient and Venerable Tuesday Club'(1745-1756). Although I admit the accompanying illustration shows on that occasion they're pulling the sitting person out of the chair, rather than the chair from under the sitting person.


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The best generic description might be "pratfall", which began as an expression that meant "to fall on your buttocks".

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