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
Also called sonic barrier, transonic barrier. (not in technical use) a hypothetical barrier to flight beyond the speed of sound, so postulated because aircraft undergo an abruptly increasing drag force induced by compression of the surrounding air when traveling near the speed of sound. break the sound barrier, to travel faster than the speed of […]