break balls

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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.
See also: ball, break

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!
See also: ball, break

break balls

verb
See also: ball, break
References in classic literature ?
But a young man--any man--could have gone to break stones on the roads or something of that kind--or enlisted--or--"
Wild-bearded capuchin monkeys in Brazil have been observed creating sharp-edged stone flakes - similar to primitive stone tools - unintentionally while they deliberately break stones to extract minerals and lichens from within them.
IN the late 19th Century men could break stones in three "labour test" yards in Middlesbrough in return for poor relief however the high unemployment meant that by 1879 there was more stone than could be used, leading to pounds 4,000 worth of excess stone being amassed.
He said some of the latest equipment brought in to the department includes search cameras used during fires to locate trapped people, special rescue ladders which can reach up to four floors and special equipment to break stones when buildings collapse.
"In our previous grants, we were looking for mechanisms that cause shock waves to break stones and injure tissue," said Dr.