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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.
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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.
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throw (someone) under the bus

1. To exploit someone's trust for one's own purpose, gain, or agenda; to harm someone 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 someone else 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

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

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.
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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

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

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.
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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

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

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/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
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But the district did provide statistics that show busing was particularly heavy in the 5th Ward, where 80 percent of elementary school students were black in 2001-02.
Busing opponents believe students who walk to school have advantages: They can avoid waiting for buses in the cold and dark during the winter.
"If, in fact, we are going to get down to really closing the achievement gap, [the busing is] something that needs to be alleviated," said 5th Ward Alderman Joe Kent, who teaches 3rd grade at Washington Elementary School on Evanston's south side.
The district's research might provide answers, but some district officials aren't ready to link busing and achievement.
While the district wants to find if there any links between busing and achievement, he stressed that the primary goal is attacking the gap.
"The conclusion that busing affects achievement is contradicted by the high performance of the African American students at Lincolnwood who come from essentially the same neighborhood and are also bused to school," said Luecke.
It could be argued that the problems of Charlestown are uniquely Boston's, but what gave rise to busing was liberal's horror about life in the black ghettos, which is the same in every big city.