bust (one's) butt

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bust (one's) butt

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

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

bust butt

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My father is from Zacatecas and he busted his butt working very hard to save every single penny to come here and live the American dream and he succeeded.
He got a base hit because he busted his butt,'' JetHawks manager Bill Plummer said.
George the Two has busted his butt trying to get the rest of the world to have the same kind of gag reflex about the Bad Boy from Baghdad as he does.
The first guy down the ladder busted his butt, and I kissed the ground.
He'd busted his butt to get that badge of honor so few Boy Scouts - less than 2 percent - ever go on to earn.