park the bus

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park the bus

In football (soccer), to employ all (or nearly all) of a team's active players in defending its own side of the pitch. Protecting a narrow one-point lead, it looks like the home team has parked the bus for the remaining minutes of the match.
See also: bus, park
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Yep, that was wee Allan's pre-match plan - to park the bus.
The passengers were really shocked and screaming but I had to park the bus up safely before I could find out what happened.
And while Hull may choose to park the bus to deal with the Gunners' attacking threat, it appears from leaked photos that Arsenal have already painted theirs to celebrate an FA Cup win.
Marshall added: "There will be a point where Manchester City are that good, that we'll have no other option than to park the bus.
We will park the bus in front of our goal and look for any opportunity to catch them on the break.
SIMON GRAYSON climbed aboard Huddersfield's promotion parade last night - and now he can't wait to park the bus at Elland Road.
DamIen RIChaRDson won't park the bus against manchester City and Celtic - but he has admitted he might leave a minivan on the penalty spot.
OWEN COYLE insists he will not park the bus in front of the Burnley goal despite conceding 12 times in their last three away games.
But veteran Alvarez, 38, said: "We want to enjoy Wembley and we are not going there just to, as you say in England, park the bus in the penalty area.
I am not saying that we will do that for 90 minutes but for sure in some difficult periods in the game we will need to park the bus because they are a strong team.
It will be hard yes, West Brom will have no great ambitions and they will park the bus with those big defenders who won't move.
He said: "To park the bus you have to know how - if you don't, you will crash the bus.
Wright should be backed to park the bus against Jackpot - get your money on the 0-0 draw.
Uruguay will park the bus and it will be a tough ask for an England attack which will be required to show plenty of, er, bite.