Throw under the bus: 1) to exploit someone’s trust for one’s own purpose or gain; to harm someone through deceit or treachery 為了己利犧牲他人

2) to avoid blame, trouble or criticism by allowing others to take the responsibility


Examples:  1) Tommy was caught with drugs in his backpack, but he threw me under the bus and said it belonged to me.

2) The manager never hesitates to throw an underling under the bus when something goes wrong in the office.

(CNN, 7/24, 2017)

Chuck Schumer Just Threw Hillary Clinton under the Bus


In the 2016 campaign, there was no one more loyal to Hillary Clinton than her one-time Senate colleague Chuck Schumer. He defended his fellow New Yorker and the race she ran at every turn. Which makes what Schumer said about Clinton over the weekend all the more intriguing.

“When you lose to somebody who has 40% popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself,” Schumer, the top ranking Democrat in the Senate, told the Washington Post over the weekend. “So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.”




(New York Times, March 8, 2018)

“Trump sees himself as a master negotiator, and yet he is not particularly good at it,” said Colin Kahl, a former national security official under Mr. Obama. “He isn’t thoughtful or steeped in the types of details required for this type of diplomacy. He is prone to manipulation and flattery. He often makes threats he doesn’t follow through on and promises he can’t or won’t keep. And he often throws allies under the bus. This does not add up to a recipe for success, and the stakes could not be higher.”


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