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bust

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noun \ˈbəst\

Definition of bust

  1. 1 :  a sculptured representation of the upper part of the human figure including the head and neck and usually part of the shoulders and breast

  2. 2 :  the upper part of the human torso between neck and waist; especially :  the breasts of a woman



Origin and Etymology of bust

French buste, from Italian busto, from Latin bustum tomb


First Known Use: 1645


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bust

verb

Definition of bust

busted

also

bust

busting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to break or smash especially with force; also :  to make inoperative <busted my watch> b :  to bring an end to :  break up <helped bust trusts — Newsweek> —often used with up <better not try to bust up his happy marriage — Forbes> c :  to ruin financially d :  exhaust, wear out —used in phrases like bust one's butt to describe making a strenuous effort e :  to give a hard time to —often used in phrases like bust one's chops

  3. 2 :  tame <bronco busting>

  4. 3 :  demote

  5. 4 slang a :  arrest <busted for carrying guns — Saul Gottlieb> b :  raid <busted the apartment>

  6. 5 :  hit, slug

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to go broke

  9. 2 a :  burst <laughing fit to bust> b :  break down

  10. 3 a :  to lose at cards by exceeding a limit (as the count of 21 in blackjack) b :  to fail to complete a straight or flush in poker



Examples of bust in a sentence

  1. He busted his watch when he fell.

  2. I think the camera is busted.

  3. Police busted 12 gang members on weapons charges.

  4. She got busted for drug possession.

  5. Two students got busted by the teacher for smoking in the bathroom.



Origin and Etymology of bust

alteration of burst


First Known Use: 1806


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bust

noun

Definition of bust

  1. 1 a :  spree b :  a hearty drinking session <a beer bust>

  2. 2 a :  a complete failure :  flop b :  a business depression

  3. 3 :  punch, sock

  4. 4 slang a :  a police raid b :  arrest 2



1840

First Known Use of bust

1840


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bust

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adjective \ˈbəs-təd\

Definition of bust

  1. :  bankrupt, broke <go bust>



1837

First Known Use of bust

1837

Variants of bust

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busted



BUST Defined for Kids

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bust

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noun \ˈbəst\

Definition of bust for Students

  1. 1 :  a piece of sculpture representing the upper part of the human figure including the head and neck

  2. 2 :  a woman's bosom




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bust

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verb

Definition of bust for Students

busted

busting

  1. 1 :  to hit with the fist <I'm sorry I busted your nose. — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>

  2. 2 :  1break 1





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