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    Smile comic books question #5

    In the sentence below, what does "busting my rump" mean?

    Why has this colonel Trevor been busting my rump,teaching me how to fly a top-secret stealth fighter?

    Is it a common expression in English?

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    Re: comic books question #5

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    In the sentence below, what does "busting my rump" mean?

    Why has this colonel Trevor been busting my rump,teaching me how to fly a top-secret stealth fighter?

    Is it a common expression in English?
    The more usual expression is "busting my ass" and this is an American expression rather than an English one.
    It means that the colonel has been working the flier very hard - in his opinion, too hard.
    It's often used by Americans to describe any really hard work they've been doing.

    "I've been busting my ass all day cleaning up and now you tell me your Mom is not coming!"

    Buggles(not a teacher)

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    Re: comic books question #5

    Just thought - the equivalent English expression is "busting my guts".

    "I want it for tomorrow, but don't bust a gut-it'll do the day after"

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