Definition of bust one's chops in US English:

bust one's chops


North American
  • Exert oneself.

    • ‘I've been training twice a day all year, busting my chops basically to make this team and now it's happened I'm stoked.’
    • ‘If anything, you mainlanders are busting your chops to get here and spend your loot on our cheaper property and housing markets; some in excess of $200,000 cheaper than anything in Melbourne or Sydney.’
    • ‘Their educational credentials range from Berkeley to New York, and all have busted their chops extensively playing every kind of gig imaginable - from rock bands to jazz troupes, from symphonies to bluegrass bands.’
    • ‘I came into university division coaching with the same mentality, different method, but going in the same direction where I wanted people to have fun, but I also wanted people to bust their chops to swim fast.’
    • ‘‘They busted their chops to get their bid together,’ he said of the local government.’
    make an effort, try hard, strive, endeavour, apply oneself, do one's best, do all one can, do one's utmost, give one's all, make every effort, spare no effort, be at pains, put oneself out
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