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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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"I have been watching the team, because I always look at United still, and Ole parked the bus against Arsenal.
"I have been watching the team - because I always look at United still - and Ole parked the bus against Arsenal.
The fire then broke out as soon as the driver had parked the bus, he added.
The Saints boss, who watched his side lose 2-0 at home to Motherwell on Wednesday, said: "We parked the bus against Celtic.
The situation caused a state of panic among the passengers who rushed in to the exit doors after the driver parked the bus and called the police, it added.
"Against United they parked the bus and won the game.
Summary: Gurugram (Haryana) [India], September 12 (ANI): Saurabh, the driver of the Ryan International School bus, whose conductor is accused of killing a seven-year-old child by slitting his throat, on Tuesday said that he parked the bus inside the school and that he has no idea where the conductor went after that.
It's become more and more difficult to just say 'they parked the bus and made it hard' when these teams come to Anfield.
We parked the bus very badly that day and I was upset by this," he added sarcastically.
The IPCC said the driver parked the bus outside and went into ask for help with a passenger he believed to be drunk.
"We parked the bus in front of the goal and had a few breakaway encounters in the Shepshed half but 90 per cent of the play was in our half and I thought the lads were brilliant."
She informed the court that after dropping off all students, the driver parked the bus and moved to the back for a while.
"We won the tie in Barcelona, but everyone talks about Barcelona winning [the second leg] and says we parked the bus in front of the goal.
"This sort of thing happens around Christmas time as a prank but this man drove around taking fares, neatly parked the bus and disappeared."
"We have only played against teams who have parked the bus. It's obvious that in games like this you are not going to win by a lot.