This was overheard at the Hillstone Restaurant, Winter Park FL. A very drunk lady was talking to her friend. It is a mashup of “drink someone under the table” (to drink more alcohol than someone else) and “throw (someone) under the bus” (to exploit someone’s trust for one’s own purpose). My guess is that the speaker was thinking of a bus boy, someone who cleans tables at a restaurant. This is the connection between bus and table. Also, “under” is in both expressions, no doubt contributing to the mental mix up. A big thanks to Tom Justice for hearing this one and sending it in!
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This was uttered at a disability hearing recently. It is a nice mashup of “throw (someone) under the bus” (to exploit someone’s trust for one’s own purpose or benefit) and “throw (one) to the wolves” (to sacrifice someone to ruin, especially for another’s benefit). Both expressions contain the verb “throw” and both are similar in meaning. A big thanks to Sam Edelmann for hearing this one and sending it in.
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Over/under is the culprit here. This was heard by a Republican pundit speaking on CNN. It is a nice mashup of “go over the cliff” (taking a drastic step) and “throw (someone) under the bus” (exploit someone’s trust for one’s own gain or purpose). “Throw (someone) overboard” (get rid of excess baggage) might also be in the mix, as well as “over the edge” (excessive or out of control). Given the statures of the persons named, it might be possible. A big thanks to Ron McDonald for hearing this one and sending it in!