bust (one's) butt

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bust (one's) butt

1. (acting upon oneself) To exert a significant amount of energy or work very hard to do, accomplish, or complete something. I've been busting my butt all night long to get this presentation ready for tomorrow's meeting. She's going to have to bust her butt if she wants a place on the varsity team.
2. (acting upon someone else) To harass, nag, or upbraid someone to do, accomplish, or complete something. The boss is busting everyone's butt to get the project ready by next week. Quit busting my butt! I'll get it done eventually!
See also: bust, butt
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Those kids that bust their butt every day in practice, you got to reward them or you'll lose 'em.
In sports you only hear about the top percentage of the team, but really the foundation, the strength of the iceberg is not really ever heard of or seen, and I think any great organization or team needs to have guys that show up every day and bust their butt, and do it for the love of the team and of the game.
Back when Hogan and those guys were playing, they had to bust their butts just to make a living.
They basically bust their butts all day long," said maintenance supervisor Kyle Stribling.
In the next week, we saw airmen bust their butts to keep their part of Operation Iraqi Freedom on track.
They look like hitters who bust their butts going down the line on every routine ground ball, but somehow find an extra burst of energy on a grounder deep in the hole.
They're the ones who go out there and bust their butts and get the job done,'' Plummer said.
All 80 guys work hard, bust their butts during the offseason, come out here during training camp.
JetHawks manager Mark Parent credited the Mariners organization for ``sending up guys who bust their butts for us.