throw under the bus

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throw under the bus

  1. (idiomatic, transitive, of a person or group) To betray or blame; as a scapegoat or otherwise for personal gain.
    • 1993, Steven Cronin, "Sitter: Girl ‘Asked For It,’ Woman Told Her," Press of Atlantic City, 27 Jan:
      "A person who does things for me and befriended me and helped me out when I needed help, I'm certainly not going to throw them under the bus," she said.
    • 2008, Brian Grow et al., "Dangerous Fakes," Business Week, 2 Oct., (retrieved 24 Mar. 2009):
      "I got thrown under the bus by BAE," she says. "They did not want to take responsibility, so they pointed at us."
  2. (idiomatic, transitive, of a thing, idea, etc.) To discard or disown.
    • 2008, Ken Newton, "Local tiff is the new old thing," St. Joseph News-Press (US), 20 Jul. (retrieved 24 Mar. 2009):
      A recent magazine article discussed the need to throw under the bus worn-out cultural catchphrases, with the first being “throw under the bus.”

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