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break (one's) balls

1. vulgar slang To exert oneself to the utmost degree; to put forth the maximum amount of effort or strain. "Balls" is slang for the testicles, so the phrase in every meaning is usually (but not solely) said of or by a man. I've been breaking my balls trying to get the new software ready by the release date. Don't break your balls getting over here, there's no rush.
2. vulgar slang To harass, harangue, or pressure one about something, especially for a lengthy period of time. The boss has been breaking our balls over the number of sales our department has made this quarter. I said I would get it done today. Quit breaking my balls!
3. vulgar slang To tease one; to give one a hard time. Aw, come on, dude, I was just breaking your balls. No need to get upset about it.
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break (someone's) balls

 and break (someone's) stones; bust (someone's) balls; bust (someone's) stones 
1. Sl. to wreck or ruin (someone); to overwork someone; to overwhelm someone. (Potentially offensive. Use only with discretion.) The boss acts like he's trying to break everybody's balls all the time. No need to break my balls. I'll do it!
2. Sl. to kid or tease (someone). Don't sweat what I said—I was just bustin' balls. Hey, relax, he didn't mean it. He was just breakin' your stones!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

break one's balls

see under break one's ass.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

break someone's balls

If a woman breaks a man's balls, she causes trouble for him and makes him lose his confidence. Behind the scenes, this sweet-faced girl was breaking his balls. Note: You can call a woman who behaves in this way a ball-breaker, and describe her behaviour as ball-breaking. Another professor described `Jane Eyre' as a novel written by one sex-starved ball-breaker about another. She worries that people think of her and Jen as ball-breaking, man-hating bitches. Note: These expressions are often used to refer critically to women who seem to enjoy destroying the sexual confidence of men. Note: In this expression, `balls' refers to a man's testicles.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

break somebody’s ˈballs

(American English, taboo, slang) criticize somebody in an angry or annoying way: His wife’s breaking his balls about the bills not being paid. ▶ ˈball-breaker noun: That nephew of yours, he’s a real ball-breaker.
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break your ˈballs

(American English, taboo, slang) make a very great effort
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break balls

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break balls to do something

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break one’s balls

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break one’s balls to do something

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break someone’s balls

tv. to wreck or ruin someone; to overwork someone; to overwhelm someone. (Usually objectionable.) I’m gonna break your balls. You understand me?
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"No one throws three straight breaking balls - much less four in a row.
"They were struggling with the breaking ball all day, so it was working for me," Stavert said.
* Of the 31 pitchers, 69% did not get even 2 months off from throwing during the year, 70% said they threw breaking balls early, and 73% threw pitches of more than 80 miles an hour.
hitter), this pitch can be a two-seam or four-seam fastball, a change-up that tails, or occasionally a back-door breaking ball - a breaking ball that starts off the plate and breaks on the corner.
hitter), the pitcher can double up by going in off the plate and then wrapping a breaking ball around the hitter's back foot.
The putaway breaking ball is thrown low and away for a strike and the chase-zone breaking ball is thrown into the dirt.
Jones, mired in a 10-for-60 slump, took advantage when Sox starter Brad Penny (6-3) hung a breaking ball in the first, driving an opposite-field homer into the seats in left.
They're able to hit breaking balls and they're not afraid to get jammed.
You can sit on a breaking ball and say, "OK, that's what I'm going to swing at." But if he throws a fastball I can't catch up.
Murray, who pitched a no-hitter for Milford High in his first varsity start this spring and didn't give up an earned run in 24 innings during the regular season while going 4-0, was quick to share credit with all his teammates and coaches as well as a fairly-unlikely source, a co-worker of his father's, Joe Lasozza, who adjusted his delivery on his curveball, improving a good breaking ball to a downright deadly one.
SO, I was one of the "Breaking Ball" five who got it wrong.
Firstly the curse of "Breaking Ball" is on Meath as four out of five journalists in last night's line up went for them.
And smaller men will also react quicker to breaking balls, which have become a predominant feature of the game.
"He's got a special breaking ball that's tough to see.
"He didn't really have the put-away breaking ball," Boston manager Terry Francona said.