1. (US Und.) a thief who grabs his victim by the testicles while his accomplice takes his wallet.
2. (orig. US, also balls buster) a nagging woman.
|Straw Boss (1979) 278: All dames are balls busters.|
|Lowspeak 18: Ballbuster – a woman who deprives a man of his virility.|
|Filth 97: This hoor is an A1 baw-buster.|
|Midnight Lightning 55: Feminist author and activist Germaine Greer, reviled as a cliché pro-femme ballbuster in her time.|
3. (US campus) a notably hard course or examination.
|Amer. Dict. Sl. 15/1: Ball-buster [...] a task that is difficult or annoying.|
|Skin Tight 266: I wrote my own questions . . . Ball busters, too.|
4. any overbearingly unpleasant person or circumstances.
|Amer. Dict. Sl. 15/1: Ball-buster [...] A person who repeatedly annoys one or assigns difficult tasks.|
|Essential Lenny Bruce 66: stevenson! that bawlbustuh!|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 164: Chubby Galasso was a big fat ball-buster who didn’t want to know.|
|(con. 1969) Grunts 94: That could have been an enjoyable little hump but it turns out to be another ball-buster.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 115: Stanley and Tommy got so carried away with the ball buster that they killed the guy.|
|(con. c.1967) Firefight 16: It’s a real ballbuster. If you think you’re tired now, wait until we get ready to set up.|
|Rivethead (1992) 131: The setup was a thorough ball-buster, an eight-hour mule train of uphill grind.|
|The Force [ebook] [T]he cop-hating CCRB, which Phil Russo insists stands for ‘Cunts, Cocksuckers, Rats and Ballbusters,’ but is actually the Civilian Complaint Review Board.|
5. any thing or person seen as extraordinary or outstanding.
|Dear ‘Herm’ 139: This Zero is a ball-buster.|
|Blood Posse 29: Let me warn you, he’s one hell of a ball-buster.|
|Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] He’s a detective and a real ballbuster. Kinda guy who lives to do the right thing.|
6. (also buster) a tease.
|Sl. U. 27: Carol dresses like she wants some, but she is such a ball buster. [Ibid.] 51: buster see ball buster.|
|Stormy Weather 295: Neria appraised the face in the photograph. A ballbuster.|