bust your chops

bust (one's) chops

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 chops all night long to get this presentation ready for tomorrow's meeting. She's going to have to bust her chops 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 chops to get the project ready by next week. Quit busting my chops! I'll get it done eventually!
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bust your chops

exert yourself. North American informal
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Then again, because they can see everything on the radar, the tower controller who's known your call sign since the BRITE days can easily bust your chops for being even 100 feet low when you started down the glideslope.
Question: Guys ever bust your chops a little about it?
I'm not the 800-pound gorilla out to bust your chops, I feel your pain, and I'm your new best friend." For three pages, Lederer manages to sustain this litany of phrases to be avoided (like the plague?).
It'll drive by in a red convertible and offer you a lift with a flirty smile, then bust your chops and leave you for road-kill.