bust (one's) hump

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bust (one's) hump

1. (acting upon oneself) To exert a significant amount of energy to do, accomplish, or complete something, especially with great haste. I've been busting my hump all night long to get this presentation ready for tomorrow's meeting. She's going to have to bust her hump 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 hump to get the project ready by next week. Quit busting my hump! I'll get it done eventually!
See also: bust, hump

bust somebody’s ˈass/ˈballs/ˈbutt/ˈhump

(American English, taboo, slang) (also bust somebody’s ˈchops American English rather old-fashioned) criticize somebody in an angry or annoying way: Why are you always busting my balls?This guy keeps busting my chops about my smelly tennis sneakers. ▶ ˈball-buster noun
See also: ass, ball, bust, butt, hump

bust your ˈass/ˈballs/ˈbutt/ˈhump

(American English, taboo, slang) make a very great effort: I bust my ass to get that job.I’ve been busting my hump for the last week trying to get the project finished.
See also: ass, ball, bust, butt, hump
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The countries with fewer people, more money, more jobs, but this attitude of, "So, why do I need to bust my hump?, right?
This guy just wants to bust my hump. I work 50 hours a week and I don't need this jerk bothering me when I get home."
He speaks of the people working hard in the heat as unidentified airmen and then goes on to say, "We know who the telephone operator is sitting in her air-conditioned office." I personally work in the command and control career field, where I sit in my air-conditioned office and "bust my hump." He seems to have the view that just because we don't work outside in the heat or that we weren't deployed to a downrange station, we aren't as good or don't deserve recognition for what we do.