to throw someone under the bus




Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - throw under the bus

"to throw someone under the bus"

to avoid blame, trouble, or criticism by allowing someone else to take responsibility

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - throw under the bus

"to throw someone under the bus"

to betray

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - throw under the bus

"to throw someone under the bus"

to callously dispose of

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - throw under the bus

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why are you packing up your belongings?

Colleague 2:  I got fired.

Colleague 1:  What happened?

Colleague 2:  There was some major trouble with a client and James threw me under the bus.

Colleague 1:  But you had nothing to do with the incident. How could James force you to take responsibility?

Colleague 2:  There was no way for me to defend myself. James told his story and management believed him and I am fired.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - throw under the bus

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am so sad. My girlfriend left me.

Friend 2:  Did she find out that you had been cheating on her?

Friend 1:  Yes. Zak has always liked my girlfriend and has always wanted to date her so he saw his chance to get rid of me so he threw me under the bus. Zak told my girlfriend that he had seen me with another woman.

Friend 2:  Ouch.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - throw under the bus

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Where is Barbara this morning?

Colleague 2:  Her contract was terminated.

Colleague 1:  But I thought she was critical to this project?

Colleague 2:  She was critical to a particular phase of the project but when management didn't need her anymore, they just threw her under the bus.

Colleague 1:  I guess that is the world of high-powered business. Don't get too personal with people because they could be gone in a minute.





to throw someone under the bus - Usage:

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to throw someone under the bus - Gerund Form:

Throwing your coworker under the bus when you are responsible shows poor character.



to throw someone under the bus - Examples:

1)  ... contacting their boss meant I was trying to throw them under the bus for something they weren't responsible for. 

2)  ... this administration is not afraid to cut any player and throw them under the bus.

3)  If they get caught, we throw them under the bus.

4)  Don't act like you respect them then throw them under the bus.

5)  For him to throw them under the bus after the decision was made like that is disgusting, and indeed cowardly.

6)  ... my foundation and friend did some bad stuff and tried to throw me under the bus with him.

7)  ... am telling the truth. I will not allow anyone to throw me under the bus and accuse me of such a foul act.

8)  ... for destroying her partner's big night -- she decided to throw me under the bus and say that I was flirting with her man.

9)  ... my family would stick by me and support me. Not throw me under the bus like hers.

10)  I'm not going to throw him under the bus. I take responsibility for bringing him on.

11)  I figured that Clay will be the one to throw him under the bus in hopes of saving his own hide.

12)  But don't just throw him under the bus and jeopardize his career without giving him a chance to clarify or defend himself.

13)  I'm not trying to throw him under the bus or anything, but I want to be realistic about him leaving. 

14)  You will make excuse after excuse for someone who would throw you under the bus in a heartbeat.

15)  ... have a thick skin working for this bunch. They'll throw you under the bus to suit their own agendas and won't think twice about it.

16)  ... isn't foolproof protection from overbearing managers or coworkers determined to throw you under the bus for their mistakes, but it can offer some defense.

17)  They can gang together and throw you under the bus for self-preservation reasons.

18)  Bell got his version in first, before he was also thrown under the bus.

19)  ... that the whole trial is politically motivated and that Slager is being thrown under the bus in the name of political correctness.

20)  ... it's been taken out of my hands and I've been thrown under the bus.