v. To unfairly discredit, blame, or dispose of an ally or colleague, particularly for personal gain.
Other Forms
You can't underbus key staffers during a campaign. Can you? May as well underbus yourself.
—Michael Den Tandt, “You can't…,” Twitter, August 18, 2015
Guns & Ammo … instantly underbussed longtime columnist Dick Metcalfe for his pro-gun-control musings.
—Hognose, “TRIGGER: another pro-gun knockoff of the anti-gun gun magazine,” WeaponsMan, January 09, 2014
Plausible deniability kicks in — and no doubt the eventual underbussing of a subaltern.
—Dr. Dawg, “Stupid Con tricks: voter suppression,” Dawg's Blog, February 22, 2012
It looks like Richard Warman has been underbussed by the Department of Justice as well as the CHRC.
—Jay Currie, “Panic Stations,” Jay Currie, October 28, 2008
2007 (earliest)
I can't wait to see Abu G squirm under serious (or, really, any) questioning. Just read a comment somewhere that theorized he may be thrown overboard/underbus as damage control.
—grrtigger, “Breaking! House Judiciary Committee serves Gonzalez with Subpoena for documents” (comment), Daily Kos, April 10, 2007
Dees said he talked to Hood after he bonded out of the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on Sept. 26, 1990, and warned him “that he was being thrown under the bus by Jennifer Reali.” But he said Hood believed Reali “was going to tell the truth.”
—Erin Emery, “Hood talks without thinking, friends testify at murder trial,” Gazette Telegraph, December 12, 1991