A question out of curiosity. Probably Not Safe For Work.
Often times, I come across this phrase especially in Hollywood movies and sitcoms. Depending on how it's used, it either means that "someone is just messing around/ kidding" with the other person or "someone wants all the nagging/botheration" to stop.
Wiktionary categorizes it as a vulgar slang with the following definitions:
- to seriously irritate or nag someone.
- to tease or ridicule someone; to take the piss out of someone.
An example would be the following conversation from the movie GoodFellas, between 2 men.
Tommy DeVito: No more shines, Billy.
Billy Batts: What?
Tommy DeVito: I said, no more shines. Maybe you didn't hear about it, you've been away a long time. They didn't go up there and tell you. I don't shine shoes anymore.
Billy Batts: Relax, will ya? Ya flip right out, what's got into you? I'm breaking your balls a little bit, that's all. I'm only kidding with ya...
Tommy DeVito: Sometimes you don't sound like you're kidding, you know, there's a lotta people around...
Suppose, the conversation was happening between two women or it involved a woman in the picture, what slang would used in place of "breaking (someone's) balls"?
I feel there might be some colloquialisms/slang that Native speakers would be using. As a non-native speaker, I am intrigued to know what that phrase might be.