According to the definition, to throw (someone) under the bus means to sacrifice another person (often a friend or ally), who is usually not deserving of such treatment, out of malice or for personal gain.
I hear this colloquial expression all too often. Though it is an idiom, its meaning is bigger than life. I am sure that it (being thrown under the bus) has happen to you; as it has me – quite a few times. (In fact, more than I care to remember). This act is unquestionably more serious than someone spitefully snitching or being a traitorous “Benedict Arnold,” although these actions are indeed hurtful as well.
To be thrown under the bus is a terrible deed, but to be kicked into the streets beforehand is bona fide cruelty. How can you not argue that this kick was intentional? Unquestionably, with the – egregious kick and throw routine – a person becomes mincemeat by someone purportedly that he / she trusted. Characteristically, without question, bruises appeared. The bus ran over its prey with no time for “Rodger dodger” avoidance. There was no time to get out of the way! It’s harrowing and terrifying! Constituting more than just target practice, a little kick hurts your feelings and your derrière! Ouch!
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Back by popular demand, this previously published blog post, slightly modified, was requested.