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drive the porcelain bus

To vomit profusely into the toilet, usually as the result of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. John was driving the porcelain bus for the rest of the night after his seventh tequila shot.
See also: bus, drive, porcelain

drive (one's) pigs to market

To snore. I can't get any sleep with Will driving his pigs to market every night—I think it's time for him to see a doctor about his snoring.
See also: drive, market, pig

bring (someone or something) out in droves

To entice many people or animals to gather or come to a place. (A "drove" is a large number of people or animals moving together.) The owner of the car dealership is optimistic that slashing prices will bring people out in droves.
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bring someone or something out in droves

Fig. to lure or draw out people or other animals in great number. The availability of free drinks brought people out in droves. The fresh grass sprouts brought the deer out in droves.
See also: bring, drove, out

in droves

Fig. in large numbers. (See also be out in droves.) The settlers arrived on the prairie in droves.
See also: drove

*out in large numbers

 and *out in droves
Fig. in evidence in some large amount. (*Typically: be ~; Come ~.) The sidewalk salesmen are out in droves today. The ants were out in large numbers at the picnic.
See also: large, number, out

drive the porcelain bus

See also: bus, drive, porcelain
References in classic literature ?
Do not,' they exclaimed, 'be mad enough to provoke this savage creature further; he has thrown one rock at us already which drove us back again to the mainland, and we made sure it had been the death of us; if he had then heard any further sound of voices he would have pounded our heads and our ship's timbers into a jelly with the rugged rocks he would have heaved at us, for he can throw them a long way.
The sea quaked as the rock fell into it, and the wash of the wave it raised drove us onwards on our way towards the shore of the island.
It drove through his belt into the lower part of his belly, and his armour rang rattling round him as he fell heavily to the ground.
There he stood for a while with his head and shoulders buried deep in the dust--for he had fallen on sandy soil till his horses kicked him and laid him flat on the ground, as Antilochus lashed them and drove them off to the host of the Achaeans.
The Trojan chieftains, moreover, many and valiant, came about him with their spears, so that he dared not stay; great, brave and valiant though he was, they drove him from them and he was beaten back.
Through these the goddesses drove their obedient steeds, and found the son of Saturn sitting all alone on the topmost ridges of Olympus.
He could only remember stoutly resisting her entreaty that he should await the returning family and have high tea with them before he drove home.
This carriage, too, drove away, and the urchins gave another sarcastical cheer.
As the carriage drove off he kissed the diamond hand to the fair ladies within.
Here Billy picked fruit, then drove team; and here Saxon received a letter and a tiny express package from Bud Strothers.
Each day the train disgorged passengers for the Geysers, and Billy, as if accustomed to it all his life, took the reins of six horses and drove a full load over the mountains in stage time.
You drove a lady from here to the New York, New Haven & Hartford Depot last Friday?
She was much paler, too, than last time I drove her.
You were at the Netherlands, and I drove you out several times.