Posted by ESC on July 24, 2003
In Reply to: Don't bust my chops! It's in the archives... link enclosed posted by Word Camel on July 24, 2003
: : In Brooklyn and other places in the NYC area it is customary to refer to giving someone a hard time as "busting his chops". I've also heard it used to indicate teasing "Hey, I'm just busting your chops".
: : Anyway, I'm wondering where it comes from and especially what the "chops" are. Any ideas?
: That'll teach me to ask questions before my morning coffee!
Is the British equivalent "winding him up"? Or is that kidding someone?