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You want me to bust your head open?

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  • Literally, "break your head open." Figuratively, "give you a good beating."
    – Mick
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 16:51

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bust your head (wide) open

is an idiomatic expression meaning to beat you up and give you a good pounding such that your head breaks open (figuratively).

Breaking a skull is a nontrivial matter.

Quoting a bike-helmet study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, he wrote that 235 kg (520 pounds) or 2,300 newtons of force would be needed to crush a human skull, almost twice as much force as human hands could possibly muster.

Which is fairly significant.


You want me "to bust your head open"?

The man who is speaking threateningly is a boxer. The phrase means to break your head open by giving hitting or punching it.

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