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See also: büst
bust (plural busts)
- A sculptural portrayal of a person's head and shoulders.
- The breasts and upper thorax of a woman.
- (economics) The downward portion of a boom and bust cycle; a recession.
- (slang) A police raid or takedown of a criminal enterprise.
- (slang) A disappointment.
sculptural portrayal of a person's head and shoulders
breasts and upper thorax of a woman
- (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.
- (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 […]
- (intransitive, slang) To ejaculate; to eject semen.
- (to arrest for a crime): nick
Terms derived from bust (verb)
alteration of burst
to break something
(slang) to arrest for a crime
(snowboarding) An emphatic to do
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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 failed enterprise; a bomb.
- (chess, informal) A refutation of an opening, or of a previously published analysis.
- (sports, derogatory) A player who fails to meet expectations.
act of arresting someone for a crime, or raiding a suspected criminal operation
bust (not comparable)
- (slang) Without any money, broke, bankrupt.
- After months of financial problems, the company finally went bust.
- second- and third-person singular present indicative of bussen
- (archaic) plural imperative of bussen
bust n (plural busturi)
- bust (sculpture)