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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 at 20:59
    
@WS2 Huh? So it would go "He did a bloody stupid with him?". –  Bleeding Fingers Feb 4 at 21:01
    
I would probably add 'thing'. He did a 'bloody stupid thing' with him. –  WS2 Feb 4 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 at 21:09
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Apparently it's practically a national sport in India. Who is the best Chair puller ? Chiranjeevi or Balayya or Naresh? –  FumbleFingers Feb 4 at 23:50

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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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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.

http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/pds/becomingamer/ideas/text4/tuesdayclub.pdf

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