bust someone’s ass :
be asking for trouble
= be asking for it
behave in a way that is likely to result in difficulty for yourself - informal
for the asking
used to indicate that someone can easily have something if they want it.
1991 - Mark - Tully No Full Stops in India – Second helpings come automatically and third helpings are there for the asking.
asleep at the wheel
not attentive or alert
inactive – informal
The image here is of falling asleep while driving a car. A North American variant is asleep at the switch which refers to the points lever or switch on a railway.
2003 - Guardian - Rowling has not been asleep at the wheel in the three years since the last Potter novel and I am pleased to report that she has not confused sheer length with inspiration.
North American vulgar slang
bust your ass
try very hard to do something.
chew someone's ass
reprimand someone severely
cover your ass
take steps to protect yourself
= haul ass
hurry or move fast
get your ass in gear
kick some ass
= kick someone's ass
= kick some butt
dominate, beat or defeat someone = North American vulgar slang
act in a forceful or aggressive manner = North American vulgar slang
1995 = Martin Amis = Information = You got to come on strong. Talk big and kick ass.
behave in an obsequious or sycophantic way - North American vulgar slang
kiss someone's ass
= kiss someone's arse
behave obsequiously towards someone - vulgar slang
no skin off your ass
It's a matter of indifference to me.
I am unaffected by something. – informal
not give a rat's ass
not care at all about something
a pain in the ass
an anyyoing thing or a tedious person
a piece of ass
= a piece of tail
a woman regarded in sexual terms - vulgar slang
put someone's ass in a sling
get someone in trouble
bust someone's ass
= whip someone's ass
use physical force to beat someone in a fight.
engaged in some activity typically a reprehensible one
1993 - G. F. Newman - Law b Orderp - Oh, don't take me for a complete idiot, Jack. I know you're at it.
furthermore (used for emphasis at the end of a statement).
1994 - Sunday Times - The sensitivity to social change may play its part, but in reality fashion is a business, and a hard-nosed one at that.
where it's at
the most fashionable place, possession or activity – informal
1990 - Ellen Feldman - Looking for Love - New York is where it's at, stylewise.
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