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

See also: bust, butt
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We didn't get any engine-change rules for this year, so everybody busted their butt all year long on the restrictor-plate motor and now we just get a little bit extra time to try to make them better,'' Wallace said.
Those girls busted their butts all year long, never missed a practice, six days a week, seven days a week sometimes, everything that it took to do to get the team to this level, and I think they left a legacy here.
They busted their butts the best they could, but in the last 20 minutes, I could tell that some of them had nothing left.
Of course those three people busted their butts and cranked out the FPGAs and the rest of the design, including the Analog front end and the schematics that were turned into a 12-layer circuit board.
Everyone within the brigade busted their butts to make this happen.
All the boys busted their butts to put on a good show.
They've been a great group, and everyone has busted their butts all season.
Just in case you care, which I doubt, Dorosy and his VFW buddies busted their butts seven years ago to make sure that memorial was ready for Veterans Day 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of World War II ending.
Everybody looked for us to have a lull after we won the first half and our guys came out and busted their butts.