bust balls

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bust (one's) balls

1. vulgar slang (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 balls all night long to get this presentation ready for tomorrow's meeting. She's going to have to bust her balls if she wants a place on the varsity team.
2. vulgar slang (acting upon someone else) To harass, nag, or upbraid someone to do, accomplish, or complete something. The boss is busting everyone's balls to get the project ready by next week. Quit busting my balls! I'll get it done eventually!
3. vulgar slang (acting upon someone else) To tease, ridicule, or mock someone, usually jocosely. Don't get so worked up, man, I'm just busting your balls. I like her family, but her uncle always busts my balls when we see him.
See also: ball, bust

bust (someone's) balls

1. Vulgar Slang To make extreme or unreasonable demands of someone.
2. To harass or scold someone.
See also: ball, bust
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This is a mafia whose gut instinct is to bully and humiliate the little guys who bust their balls - referees, opposing players, reporters who ask awkward questions, TV companies who show replays of leg-breaking tackles, and fans who ring up phone-ins.
He added: "Think about it - as a driver you have all these incredibly talented guys who bust their balls to give you this fantastic machine to race, then you have to go out and perform at the very best of your ability.