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Abolfazl
If you're going to break my chops, you can take it on the arches
Hello there, this is dialogue from "Taxi Driver".

Personnel officer: Let me see your chauffeur's license. How's your driving record?

Travis: It's clean. It's real clean, like my conscience.

Personnel officer: You gonna break my chops? I got enough trouble with guys like you coming in here to break my chops. If you're gonna break my chops, you can take it on the arches. Understand?

Travis: Sorry, sir. I didn't mean that. 


Can you explain what this sentence means?

(If you're gonna break my chops, you can take it on the arches)

Thanks in advance.
Apr 23, 2019 1:59 AM
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I've never heard people use these phrases before so I'm just guessing here:
'Chops' is an informal way to describe someone's jaw.
'Arches' refers to your feet (part of the foot anatomy).
So I read that sentence as 'If you're going to talk back/give me a hard time, you can leave immediately'.

April 23, 2019
  • @sarah yang

so break my chops It does not mean to make someone laugh???

April 23, 2019
Abolfazl
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