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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 (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 (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 (one's) ass

1. rude slang (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 ass all night long to get this presentation ready for tomorrow's meeting. She's going to have to bust her ass if she wants a place on the varsity team.
2. rude slang (acting upon someone else) To harass, nag, or upbraid someone to do, accomplish, or complete something. The boss is busting everyone's ass to get the project ready by next week. Quit busting my ass! I'll get it done eventually!
See also: ass, bust

be over the hump

slang To have endured and surpassed the most difficult or unpleasant part of a task or situation. I had a hard time adjusting to my new job, but I'm over the hump now that it's been a few months. We're finally over the hump with this research. All that's left to do are citations.
See also: hump, over

get the hump

To become annoyed or irritated because one thinks that another has wronged them. Primarily heard in UK. Jenny often feels left out anyway, so If you don't bring her a cupcake too, she'll get the hump.
See also: get, hump

over the hump

Past the worst, most difficult, or most stressful part (of something); more than halfway done (with something). I know this project has been trying, but we're finally over the hump; everything should go smoothly now that they servers have been optimized. I actually think Thursday is the easiest day of the week to get through—you're over the hump, but you're not counting down the minutes until the weekend.
See also: hump, over

hump day

Wednesday. The phrase alludes to a work or school week being like a hill, with the "hump"—the hardest to get past—being right in the middle. Primarily heard in US. Make sure you make an extra pot of coffee for the office this morning—it's always tough getting through hump day.
See also: hump

live on (one's) (own) hump

obsolete To be self-sufficient from one's own resources. An allusion to a camel, which stores a large deposit of fat in a hump on its back on which it can survive for days at a time. He decided to cut his children off from his money and let them live on their own humps for once. After high school, I gathered up all the money I'd been saving, moved out of my parents' house, and set out to live on my hump for the first time in my life.
See also: hump, live, on

live off (of) (one's) (own) hump

obsolete To be self-sufficient from one's own resources. An allusion to a camel, which stores a large deposit of fat in a hump on its back on which it can survive for days at a time. He decided to cut his children off from his money and let them live off their own humps for once. After high school, I gathered up all the money I'd been saving, moved out of my parents' house, and set out to live off of my hump for the first time in my life.
See also: hump, live, off

over the hump

 
1. Fig. over the hard part; past the midpoint. Things should be easy from now on. We finally got over the hump. When you get over the hump, life is much better.
2. intoxicated on drugs. Harry is over the hump now. He is stoned. This stuff makes you sick at first. Then suddenly you are over the hump and floating.
See also: hump, over

over the hump

Past the most difficult part, as in She's over the hump with her dissertation; she'll soon be done. This expression alludes to a barrier that impedes progress. [Colloquial; 1920s]
See also: hump, over

get the hump

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you get the hump, you get annoyed by something. She got the hump because we were mucking around. He's still got the hump with his former team mate.
See also: get, hump

hump day

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
Hump day is Wednesday. He's just an average guy trying to get through hump day. Note: This expression comes from the idea that the middle of the week is the `hump' or the hardest part to get through.
See also: hump

over the hump

INFORMAL
If you are over the hump in an unpleasant or difficult situation, you are past the worst part of it. I think we're basically over the hump. We've got an economy now that's likely to grow. It's been a difficult time but we're over the hump now.
See also: hump, over

live on your hump

be self-sufficient. informal
The image here is of the camel, which is famous for surviving on the fat in its hump without feeding or drinking.
See also: hump, live, on

over the hump

over the worst.
See also: hump, over

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

give somebody/get the ˈhump

(British English, informal) annoy somebody/become annoyed, angry, etc: She gets the hump when people don’t listen to her.‘What’s wrong with Jake?’ ‘Oh, I don’t know. He’s got the hump about something.’
See also: get, give, hump, somebody

over the ˈhump

(informal) past the largest, worst or most difficult part of a job, illness, etc: I’ll be over the hump when I’ve done this exam — then there’ll be just two left.
See also: hump, over

hump

1. tv. & in. to copulate [with] someone. (Refers to male arching his back in copulation, as in fornicate. Usually objectionable.) The sailor spent his entire leave drinking and humping.
2. n. an act of copulation. (Usually objectionable.) The sailor said he needed a hump and left the ship for the port.
3. n. a person who will copulate without much persuasion. (Usually objectionable.) He’s okay as a hump, but he can’t dance.

hump (along)

in. to move along in a hurry. Come on, move it! Hump to the main office and be fast about it!
See also: hump

hump

verb

hump it (to somewhere)

tv. to move rapidly (to somewhere). I have to hump it over to Kate’s place right now.
See also: hump, somewhere

hump it

verb
See also: hump

over the hump 1

mod. drug intoxicated. Things should be easy from now on. We are over the hump.
See also: hump, over

over the hump

Past the worst or most difficult part or stage: At last I'm over the hump on my term paper.
See also: hump, over
References in periodicals archive ?
UK regulations stating where humps can be installed exclude anywhere near bridges, subways or tunnels because the impact of vehicles hitting humps sends shock waves through the ground that may damage structures.
The committee will also conduct a comprehensive review of existing humps and work to remove ones that do not conform to standards.
While some new speed humps will be built, the old ones will be replaced with new ones in line with the latest international standards, particularly on the Old Corniche road.
A report to tonight's meeting states: "A petition has been received from 30 residents of Longhirst Colliery, requesting speed humps to ensure the safety of both residents and red squirrels.
The cameras can capture very detailed images from underneath the cars, along with providing the date and time when the cars were driven over the humps," said K.
I encourage all like-minded residents opposed to the speed humps to write to Sandwell Council lodging their objections.
Mr Gardner, who is married with two daughters and has lived in Dinnington for 10 years, was unaware a series of humps had been installed and says the council failed to put up warning signs as it should have done.
A Bactrian or (Asian camel) has two humps and a Dromedary (Arabian camel) has one.
A pressure group protesting against speed humps on a busy road will be holding a public meeting.
And if his road humps get off the ground and onto the road, the father-of-four from Dinas Powys could become one of the inventors of the century like cat's-eye creator Percy Shaw.
SANTA CLARITA - The Santa Clarita City Council on Tuesday rejected a plan to install speed humps and traffic circles on residential streets citywide, although a pilot program in two Valencia neighborhoods was successful.
Lorries would go over the humps 40 or 50 times a night and the sound was like 'beating drums', he said.
SIR - For the first time today I experi-enced the doubtful joys of traffic humps from a wheelchair.
SPEED humps have mysterioulsy appeared in a residential street.