bust out

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bust out (third-person singular simple present busts out, present participle busting out, simple past and past participle busted out)

  1. (informal, intransitive) To escape (from); break out.
    bust out of prison
  2. (informal, transitive) To free from captivity.
    They tried to bust the prisoner out, but were thwarted by the police.
  3. (US, informal, intransitive) To reveal, to show.
  4. (US, informal) To bring out, to take out.
  5. (US, informal, nonstandard) To burst out (laughing).
  6. (slang, dated) To buy an interest in a business and then take out a large amount of debt, strip the business of assets and then cash out before the business goes into bankruptcy.