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break someone’s chops To verbally assault someone; harass: I love it here. I can work hung over and nobody busts my chops/ Well, she turned absolutely livid, and ever since she’s been busting my chops BUST one’s ASS (1970s+)
to smash, split, or divide into parts violently; reduce to pieces or fragments: He broke a vase. to infringe, ignore, or act contrary to (a law, rule, promise, etc.): She broke her promise. to dissolve or annul (often followed by off): to break off friendly relations with another country. to fracture a bone of (some […]
In tennis and related sports, win a game served by one’s opponent, as in The only way he’ll win the match is to break Bill’s serve. The use of serve, from the earlier service, meaning “starting play” in these sports, dates from the early 1600s.
break something down Historical Examples Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin Robert Louis Stevenson