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Winding him up

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?