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drive the big bus

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

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

girls are like buses

One is liable to meet another female romantic partner very soon. Said especially if one has recently been in a romantic relationship that has failed or turned out badly. The phrase alludes to the fact that one has many opportunities in life to meet women, just as a bus comes frequently to pick up passengers. The phrase is sometimes extended to reflect this, as in, "Girls are like buses—there's always another one coming." and "Girls are like buses—if you miss one, another will be along in (some period of time)." I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but girls are like buses. You'll meet another one soon enough. Whenever my sons were devastated by a break-up, I used to remind them that girls are like buses—there's always another one coming.
See also: bus, girl, like

like the back of a bus

Particularly ugly, unattractive, or sexually undesirable. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. Many people in this profession still hold the view that if you don't have a face like the back of a bus, you're only getting ahead because of your looks. He looks like the back of a bus, but he's a really sweet and intelligent guy.
See also: back, bus, like, of

miss the boat

1. To lose the chance or opportunity to do something. If you don't call the recruiter back right away, you're going to miss the boat.
2. To make a mistake, often due to misunderstanding something. Boy, he really missed the boat with that tone-deaf statement.
See also: boat, miss

miss the bus

1. To lose the chance or opportunity to do something. If you don't call the recruiter back right away, you're going to miss the bus.
2. To make a mistake, often due to misunderstanding something. Boy, he really missed the bus with that tone-deaf statement.
See also: bus, miss

on the struggle bus

humorous In a state in which one is struggling to deal with a particular situation or task or with life in general. You guys are really on the struggle bus, huh? Here, let me try opening that jar.
See also: bus, on, struggle

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

ride the porcelain bus

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

ride the struggle bus

humorous To struggle to deal with a particular situation or task or with life in general. I rode the struggle bus at work this week. I overslept every single day. You guys are really riding the struggle bus, huh? Here, let me try opening that jar.
See also: bus, ride, struggle

struggle bus

humorous A state in which one is struggling to deal with a particular situation or task or with life in general. Typically used in phrases like "on the struggle bus" and "riding the struggle bus." I've been riding the struggle bus this week at work. I've overslept every single day. You guys are really on the struggle bus, huh? Here, let me try opening that jar.
See also: bus, struggle

the wheels came off the bus

Some endeavor or activity failed or went terribly wrong, especially after some unexpected problem or mishap arose. The team was looking primed for a championship run at the start of the season, but after their goal keeper went out with an injury, the wheels came off the bus. The show was one of the hottest programs on television when it debuted. But then the wheels came off the bus in the final season, and now it's often derided as one of the most disappointing finales of all time.
See also: bus, came, off, wheel

the wheels fell off the bus

Some endeavor or activity failed or went terribly wrong, especially after some unexpected problem or mishap arose. The team was looking primed for a championship run at the start of the season, but after their goal keeper went out with an injury, the wheels fell off the bus. The show was one of the hottest programs on television when it debuted. But then the wheels fell off the bus in the final season, and now it's often derided as one of the most disappointing finales of all time.
See also: bus, fell, off, wheel

throw (one) under the bus

1. To exploit one's trust for an ulterior purpose, advantage, or agenda; to harm one through deceit or treachery. Senator Davis was supposed to be working with me to bridge the gap between Democrats and Republicans on the issue of gun control, but, instead, she threw me under the bus to get a boost in the polls with her constituency. The investment company threw its clients under the bus when it chose to redirect their hard earned money into various Ponzi schemes that benefited only a few board members at the top.
2. To avoid blame, trouble, or criticism by allowing one to take responsibility. Tommy was caught with the marijuana in his backpack, but he threw me under the bus and said it belonged to me. Our manager never hesitates to throw an underling under the bus when something goes wrong in the office.
See also: bus, throw
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

miss the boat

 
1. Lit. to miss out (on something); to be ignorant (of something). Pay attention, John, or you'll miss the boat and not learn algebra. Tom really missed the boat when it came to making friends.
2. Fig. to have made an error; to be wrong. If you think you can do that, you have just missed the boat. The guy's missed the boat. He's a lunkhead.
See also: boat, miss
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

miss the boat

1. Fail to take advantage of an opportunity, as in Jean missed the boat on that club membership. This expression, which alludes to not being in time to catch a boat, has been applied more widely since the 1920s.
2. Fail to understand something, as in I'm afraid our legislator missed the boat on that amendment to the bill. [Mid-1900s] Also see miss the point.
See also: boat, miss
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

miss the boat

COMMON If you miss the boat, you fail to act in time to take advantage of an opportunity. The price of gold rose so quickly that many investors simply missed the boat. When I was still unmarried at 30, my mother and grandmother both worried that I'd missed the boat. Note: You can put an adjective before boat to say what kind of opportunity is being missed. Those who bought in May missed the investment boat. Note: People sometimes say miss the bus with the same meaning. Orders received by December 10 will be sent in time for Christmas. Too bad if you missed the bus.
See also: boat, miss
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

like the back of a bus

(of a face) very ugly. informal
2004 Waterford News and Star What's so great about a guy that has rotting teeth, lungs of tar and bless the poor bloke but the back of a bus does him fair enough justice.
See also: back, bus, like, of

miss the boat (or bus)

be too slow to take advantage of an opportunity. informal
1987 Kathy Lette Girls' Night Out He'll never get divorced and marry her. She'll miss the boat.
See also: boat, miss
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

ˌmiss the ˈboat

(informal) lose the opportunity to do or get something because you do not act quickly enough: I’m afraid we’ve missed the boat — all the tickets for Saturday’s performance have been sold.
See also: boat, miss
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

drive the big bus

and drive the porcelain bus and ride the porcelain bus
tv. to vomit into the toilet. Harry’s in the john driving the big bus. I guess that “drive the porcelain bus” refers to holding onto the toilet seat while you vomit.
See also: big, bus, drive

drive the porcelain bus

verb
See also: bus, drive, porcelain

ride the porcelain bus

verb
See also: bus, porcelain, ride

miss the boat

tv. to have made an error; to be wrong. If you think you can do that, you have just missed the boat.
See also: boat, miss
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

miss the boat

Informal
1. To fail to avail oneself of an opportunity.
2. To fail to understand.
See also: boat, miss
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

miss the boat/bus, to

To fail to take advantage of an opportunity; to arrive too late to profit. The analogy to missing a scheduled transport is fairly obvious and has been drawn since about 1900. One of its more curious uses was in a speech by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain commenting (April 4, 1940) on Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Norway, “Hitler has missed the bus.” This was odd in view of Chamberlain’s own temporizing and attempts at pacification, which gave Hitler more time to embark unimpeded on his conquest of Europe.
See also: boat, miss, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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