Throwing people under the bus

Posted by Teach on December 09, 1999

In Reply to: Throwing people under the bus posted by Nanette on December 09, 1999

: I work in a sales-oriented atmosphere, and I hear this expression a lot, but I have no idea what it means. I would appreciate it if someone could enlighten me. Thanks!

I believe it's direct equivalent is the much older expression 'Throwing him to the Wolves', and why not in these mechanized days when wolves are 'as rare as hens teeth'.

I guess it means to offer people up as a sacrifice by, for example, dismissing them to appease an aggrieved customer albeit the people being sacrificed are not responsible for causing the problem.