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bust someone's chops

bust someone's chops

Date: May 24 2012


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I like girls who give me a hard time, bust my chops a little.”

- Actor Chris Evans, talking about his dream girl. (Us Weekly)

- 演员克里斯·埃文斯 (Chris Evans) 谈论他的梦中情人。


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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nag or annoy someone; give someone a hard time

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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We all look for different qualities in a girlfriend or boyfriend. Some of us want a partner who makes us laugh. Others want someone sweet, or intelligent, or sincere. But that’s not what Chris Evans, star of movies like Captain America, says he wants. He wants a girl who isn’t afraid to bust his chops.

Bust his what? Your chops are your lower cheeks or jaw. And bust can mean “punch.” But bust someone’s chops doesn’t mean to punch someone in the face. It’s a little gentler than that. When someone busts your chops, they nag, annoy, or give you a hard time.

Being a movie star, Chris Evans probably gets treated really well by most people in his life, especially strangers. So it kind of makes sense that he’d want his girlfriend to be a little tougher with him. He wants someone who isn’t afraid to challenge him or tell him when he’s wrong.

But most people don’t like it when someone busts their chops. This expression is most often used in the negative sense, as in, “Hey man, don’t bust my chops! Take it easy on me.”

Who in your life busts your chops? Would you want your girlfriend or boyfriend to bust your chops?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“Don’t bust my chops! I’m working as hard as I can.”

“My mom always busts my chops when I don’t clean my room.”

“Just because you’re my older brother doesn’t mean I won’t bust your chops if you deserve it.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

To give (someone) a hard time!
by mehri.nejatifar
goodmahsa bust someone's chops means to give someone a hard time
by goodmahsa
Erkaamgaa annoying someone by a joke
by Erkaamgaa

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07:42 AM Jul 06 2015 |


Russian Federation

I don’t like when someone busts my chops. I’d rather they didn’t…Laughing

08:06 AM May 29 2012 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of


Be sure I do that in right time ,in right situation and in right way!

“Bust someone’s chops” dosent mean that we have to insult someone or use bad words!Sometimes only with looking at her in silence  we show that we dont like her behaviour!

And so far no parents have objected me!!;)


06:25 AM May 27 2012 |

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who wanna bust my chops ?

realy hardtime

03:12 AM May 26 2012 |


American Samoa


09:13 PM May 24 2012 |




Right, Ryo, not everyone feels strong after being nagged, annoyed. It’s nerves that get ruffled and nerves, as far as I know, are very difficult to get fixed. So let’s be merciful to each other—not every one can keep a poker face and smile let alone to get up after fall. Better not to experiment. I know to be too much agreable and always a-yes-person is bad! as well as to be a vexing and annoing pain in the neck.

07:27 PM May 24 2012 |

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Mahtab Laughing

What do you  do to a parent who disapproves of you busting his child chops in class ?

07:15 PM May 24 2012 |




Why flattered—aren’t all the good things said sincerely? I prefer good staff or nothing and not busting my chops :) Life is hard enough to get it from outsiders, so your significant other should be the source of inspiration, admiration and rehabilitation Wink

05:31 PM May 24 2012 |




It’s so annoying being flattered all the time so it makes sense that Chris Evans said so.

05:03 PM May 24 2012 |

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Samirah :

Because , he wants someone who isn’t afraid to deal with him , he wants someone who isn’t afraid to tell him ( what is the right ?) when he’s wrong.

02:19 PM May 24 2012 |



Saudi Arabia

hhhh i dont know  why he likes having a girl who busts his chops…dont u think such thing may lead to a big bust-up ..

02:07 PM May 24 2012 |

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oh Chris Evans, if that’s what you want, I’ll do it for you, hehe.. I don’t wanna bust someone’s chops unless he told me to do so, haha..

01:34 PM May 24 2012 |



Saudi Arabia

we need to do that sometime when we find who need to push him with love

the wrong way when we use it to hurt .

12:37 PM May 24 2012 |

Irene Forever


If anybody wanna bust my chops with some stupid remarks, I’ll just don’t care.

It’s just a sentence  without reference to anybody.:)

12:23 PM May 24 2012 |




Sometimes i bust my close friend’s chops when they lying something with someone or with me for some reason, but only by a joke.

11:34 AM May 24 2012 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Hello Julito!

Yes it is!Thanks!

Hi mnal!!!! Why???? You are a cute girl ! I dont think you can say harsh words!!!

Anyway I think a woman can bust a man’s chops worse than anyone else!:)))

10:11 AM May 24 2012 |




mahtab  hello.    right  . this is what we must understand  about the idiomatic expression.

09:39 AM May 24 2012 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Some words are harder than a punch!;)
You can bust someone’s chops without touching him!!
Only by harsh words!>:))

09:37 AM May 24 2012 |




alhgag,    let me put it this way : the literal translation is to receive a punch in the teeth (chops).   what could it be harder than this?   therefore , if you don´t want to  have your chops busted stay away from mnal.     lol.

09:26 AM May 24 2012 |



Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

frankly this lesson is still odd could everybody clear me up this idiom ?

07:30 AM May 24 2012 |

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