- (transitive, colloquial, chiefly US) To break.
- I busted my cooker while trying to fix it.
- (transitive, slang) To arrest (someone) for a crime.
- (transitive, slang) To catch (someone) in the act of doing something wrong, socially and morally inappropriate, or illegal, especially when being done in a sneaky or secretive state.
- (snowboarding) An emphatic synonym of do or get.
- He busted huge air off that jump!
- (US, informal) To reduce in rank.
- He busted him down to patrolman for insubordination.
- (finance, transitive) To undo a trade, generally an error trade, that has already been executed.
- (poker) To lose all of one's chips.
- (blackjack) To exceed a score of 21.
- (transitive, slang) To break in (an animal).
- 1997, Charles Oswald, Gone with the Western Wind:
- A few weeks later, Richard was killed accidentally while busting a wild mustang […]
- (transitive, slang) To break in (a woman or girl), To deflower
- 2014, Tison Pugh, Truman Capote: A Literary Life at the Movies, page 127:
- Smith hears Nancy's protests - "Don't ... no, please don't." - when Hicock menaces her with "You ever had a man?" Finding Hicock rubbing her thigh as she whimpers in fear, Smith confronts him about his intentions, and Hicock says, "First, I'm going to bust that little girl." Smith tells him no, but Hicock replies, "What do you care? You can bust her too."
- (intransitive, slang) To ejaculate; to eject semen or to squirt.
- (journalism, intransitive) For a headline to exceed the amount of space reserved for it.
- 1990, Paul Williams, The Computerized Newspaper: A Practical Guide for Systems Users, page 105:
- The temptation to squeeze in a favourite headline that busts by using the flexibility of new technology is often very strong.
- 2007, Rob Steen, Sports Journalism: A Multimedia Primer, page 167:
- If your headline busts (breaks the confines of the layout) you will know straightaway. Similarly, the computer will inform you, in terms of the number of lines, how much longer or shorter the copy is in relation to the space allotted.
- (chess, slang) To refute an established opening.
- 2012 April 2, Frederic Friedel, “Rajlich: Busting the King's Gambit, this time for sure”, in ChessBase:
- So is the King's Gambit really busted?
- (to arrest for a crime): nick
- bust a cap
- bust a cap in someone's ass
- bust a gasket
- bust a gut
- bust a move
- bust a nut
- bust ass
- bust ass cold
- bust chops
- bust loose
- bust on
- bust one's ass
- bust one's balls
- bust one's butt
- bust one's chops
- bust one's gut
- bust one's hump
- bust one's neck
- bust out
- bust sod
- bust someone's agates
- bust someone's ass
- bust someone's balls
- bust the dust
- bust up
- mutton busting
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bust (plural busts)
- (slang) The act of arresting someone for a crime, or raiding a suspected criminal operation.
- a narcotics bust
- (slang) A police raid or takedown of a criminal enterprise.
- (slang) A failed enterprise; a bomb.
- (chess, slang) A refutation of an opening, or of a previously published analysis.
- (slang) A disappointment.
- (sports, derogatory) A player who fails to meet expectations.
- (economics) The downward portion of a boom and bust cycle; a recession.
- (slang, dated) A spree, unrestrained revel, or wild party.
bust (not comparable)
- (slang) Without any money, broke, bankrupt.
- After months of financial problems, the company finally went bust.
Borrowed from French buste, from Italian busto (“torso, upper body”), from Latin bustum (“funeral monument, tomb," originally "funeral pyre, place where corpses are burned”). Perhaps shortened from Latin ambustum, neuter of ambustus (“scorched”), past participle of ambūrō (“burn all over, scorch”), from ambi- (“around”) + ūrō (“to burn”).
bust (plural busts)
bust n (plural busturi)
- bust (sculpture)