May 15, 2006

break someone’s chops

Posted in Idioms at 10:29 am by Feng

break/bust someone's chops/ass — kid or embarrass someone [answers]

On 'The War at Home', Larry proudly told his father, Dave, that he got to know a pretty girl and manged to get her phone number. But when he tried to dial it, it turned out to be a wrong number. He was ready to dial again and asked Dave: "Does this look like 7 or 9?" Dave didn't believe his odd-looking son could hook up with any decent girl. "It's one," he said, "One in a million chance she gave you a real number." But noticing his son deeply upset by his teasing, he changed the tone: "ha ha, I am breaking your chops." Here is the origin of this idiom.

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