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    bust my butt

    Hi. I think the idiom means to work hard, right? Can someone tell me more about this idiom?

    many thanks

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    Re: bust my butt

    bust one's butt, "to make an extreme, strenuous effort, to exert oneself"
    butt from buttocks, "end, human posterior"
    bust a variatuion of burst, "break"

    Hope that helps.


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    Thanks a lot!

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    You're most welcome, dean1.


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    Hi. I got another question: shoot yourself in the butt. What does it mean?

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    Re: bust my butt

    It's a variation on shoot yourself in the foot: if you shoot yourself in the foot, you do something that damages you, i.e., your ambition, career, etc.

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    Re: bust my butt

    Hi. Thanks again for your reply. Btw, can you pls give me some example of idioms with 'radar', say, under the radar?


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    Re: bust my butt

    very very very usefull thank you
    but I have question
    (knowing yuor place )(head and shoulder above )
    what do it means?

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    on someone's radar (screen), among the things being considered by someone.

    EX: The problem of trash disposal is on everyone's radar screen right now. EX: This status puts the city on the radar screens of big corporations.

    Usage notes: often used with words like not, off, and under to mean that something is not considered.

    EX: The disease is sometimes not even on a doctor's radar screen.
    EX: Some of these companies operate under everyone's radar.

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    Re: bust my butt

    Welcome, oos.

    [1] knowing your place
    Try here and here.

    [2] head and shoulders above
    Try here.

    All the best.

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