Posted by ESC on November 06, 2003
In Reply to: Balls and chops posted by Smokey Stover on November 06, 2003
: : Busting someone's chops means socking them in the jaw. Busting their balls means giving them a hard time.
From the archives, previously posted by masakim:
break (or bust) chops v phr 1970s To injure; punish; literally, to break someone's face or mouth: "But busting Luana's chops by busting her boyfriend's wasn't going to exactly get me in her good graces" --Stan Cutler
break (or bust) someone's chops 1970s 1 v phr To verbally assault someone; harass: "I love it here. I can work hung over and nobody busts my chops" --National Lampoon / "Well, she turned absolutely livid, and ever since she's been busting my chops" --Lawrence Sanders 2 v phr = BUST one's ASS [i.e., to work or perform to one's utmost; exert oneself mightily]
From _Dictionary of American Slang, Third Edition_ by R.L. Chapman