bust on


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The Big Bang Theory Season 07 Episode 15

Leonard: ... It’s a joke. Oh, come on. We bust on each other. I wear dorky glasses, you might have a problem, it’s all for laughs.

What does it mean? Is it slang?
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    American English
    From the Urban Dictionary: bust on:
    (1) To beat up or to physically attack
    (2) To verbally tease or skewer someone either in a joking or mean spirited fashion with the intention of embarrassing or humiliating them; similar to “cracking on” someone.
    They bust on me because I came to work with two different shoes and didn't know it.

    I would suggest it's probably the second definition.


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    English UK
    Here's the OED definition, aaronsun:

    c. intr. to bust on: to attack verbally, to criticize or scold; (in weakened sense) to tease, to mock. Also trans. (without on) in the same sense. Cf. to bust (a person's) balls

    1961 Press-Telegram (Long Beach, Calif.) 14 Dec. b8/3 Don't bust me means quit kidding.
    1987 N.Y. Times 19 Dec. 51/2, I used to be real bad, always busting on people and clowning around.
    1996 D. London Sun Dancer (1998) i. 12 ‘Relax, Clem, you got the pants,’ Elijah said, without looking up from under his ten-gallon. I laughed. We were always busting on Clem's pants.
    2006 K. Hnida Still Kicking viii. 139 We..spent a lot of time busting each other about how bad each other's high school team was.


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