bust out

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of bust out

informal
1 : to begin (doing something) suddenly
  • She just busted out laughing.
2 bust out (something) or bust (something) out : to take (something) from the place where it is stored so that it can be used : to break out
  • He busted out the champagne.
3 : to escape from a prison, jail, etc.
  • Two prisoners busted out of jail.

Word by Word Definitions

bust play
  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. : the upper part of the human torso between neck and waist

  1. : to break or smash especially with force

  2. : to bring an end to : break up

  3. : to ruin financially

  1. : spree

  2. : a hearty drinking session

  3. : a complete failure : flop

  1. : bankrupt, broke

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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