Bust Your Chops – Common Phrases
To give someone a hard time. As in, “Yes, I’m late and I’m not wearing pants. Don’t bust my chops.”
Most say it came from …
There was once a time in the world when it was considered cool to sport a long, ridiculous pair of mutton chop side burns. From America to England, Russia to … some other place even further away than Russia, the civilized global population couldn’t get enough of these peninsula-shaped patches of hair.
Then, these people got punched in the face–their “chops busted,” if you will–and an idiom was born.
So is that true?
Even though there is no definitive proof to back this up, this seems to be the only theory going. Also, it involves stupid looking facial hair, so it has that going for it.
It’s just too bad that as regal and dignifying as the chops were for our founding fathers they only made hippies in the ’60s seem like unwashed piles of tie-dyed failures. To this day the only people able to successfully pull off mutton chops are old-timey gold miners. If you have the chops in question and you are not one of these three, please, shave now or prepare to have them busted.