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    Default Frigging agates

    Hey,

    In my favourite movie, the Big Lebowski, Tony the Chauffeur complains to the Dude:

    “My wife’s a pain in the ass. She’s always busting my friggin’ agates. My daughter’s married to a real loser bastard. And I got a rash so bad on my ass, I can’t even sit down. But you know me. I can’t complain.”

    Im afraid I don't get the phrase: She’s always busting my friggin’ agates.

    Can you explain to me what it means? What does he refer to as agates?

    Thank you.

    Waawe

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    I suppose "agates" mean "family jewels", i.e. testicles. "Friggin'" is a minced oath. And the following link should explain the rest: Urban Dictionary: Bust BALLS

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    Default Re: Frigging agates

    I wouldn't call frigging a minced oath- it's not like freaking. To frig is to masturbate, especially for a female.

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    Default Re: Frigging agates

    If you google "define: frig" it seems you're both right.

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    Default Re: Frigging agates

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I wouldn't call frigging a minced oath- it's not like freaking. To frig is to masturbate, especially for a female.
    Well you live and learn; remind me not to use it.

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    Default Re: Frigging agates

    Thanks all for reactions, I have got further from busting agates to busting balls. Yet, I seem not to understand either. Does the sentence mean his wife is forever bothering/pestering him?

    Waawe

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    Default Re: Frigging agates

    Yes - in Br Eng 'giving him ear-ache'.

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