UNDER THE BUS
To cast a person in an unfavorable light with others; to take action or make statements intended to put another person at a disadvantage.Origin: A Boston radio station manager coined the term
circa 1987-88 when canceling a radio network's
services on his music-oriented FM
station, stating that he was going to put the network "under the bus." The term was picked up by staff members to describe conduct in which one person would try to gain an advantage in company politics by speaking ill of, or doing something to reflect disfavorably on, another. In this context, it generally meant something that was a combination of sneaky, subtle and vicious. The phrase crept
into on-air talk. In time, the radio station's
owner acquired a sports-oriented station whose employees picked up the phrase and eventually began using it on highly-rated programs.
thrown under the bus
1. To intentionally reveal damaging
information about another's character or transpired
event, while at the same time trying to make themselves look good or innocent in the eyes of the listener. To shift blame or attention in a cowardly way.
quarteback was thrown under the bus by a sophomore
when the coach was told who toilet papered
Thrown under the bus
To be thrown under the bus
; A popular term at Boeing and possibly other corporate entities.
When someone either intentionally or unintentionally says something that makes you look bad or points out a mistake you made in front of your peers. This is similar to being backstabbed, but usually the circumstances are much more minor. This is sometimes used jokingly to tell someone that what they said may have crossed the line
, or they were stepping on your toes
throw under the bus
Physically throwing a person under a big, smelly city bus
is the perfect metaphor for the act of positioning someone to be ground up
under the wheels of the ever rolling omnibus
of society in your stead. The bus carries people. The people's weight is what crushes the victim. This setting up of a patsy has an earlier, more agrarian beginning in "throwing him to the wolves." Someone is going down, it's not going to be you, so you select a candidate to feed into the system.