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bust

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noun \ˈbəst\

Definition of bust

  1. 1 art :  a sculptured representation of the upper part of the human figure including the head and neck and usually part of the shoulders and breast has a bust of Abraham Lincoln in his office

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

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. 1a :  to break or smash especially with force bust a window; also :  to make inoperative busted my watchb :  to bring an end to :  break up helped bust trusts — Newsweek —often used with up better not try to bust up his happy marriage — Forbesc :  to ruin financially the game of cheaters, which has busted more men than blackjack — Arthur Maysed :  exhaust, wear out —used in phrases like bust one's butt to describe making a strenuous efforte :  to tease or give a hard time to —often used in phrases like bust one's chops I'm just busting your chops.

  3. 2 :  tame bronco busting

  4. 3 :  demote busted them to the bottom of the seniority list — Time

  5. 4 slang a :  arrest busted for carrying guns — Saul Gottliebb :  raid busted the apartment

  6. 5 :  hit, slug felt like busting him in the face

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to go broke

  9. 2a :  burst laughing fit to bustb :  break down Her camera busted.

  10. 3a card games :  to lose at cards by exceeding a limit (such as the count of 21 in blackjack)b poker :  to fail to complete a straight (see 4straight 3) or flush

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: 1639


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bust

noun

Definition of bust

  1. 1a :  spreeb :  a hearty drinking session a beer bust

  2. 2a :  a complete failure :  flopb economics :  a business depression (see depression 5) boom and bust

  3. 3 :  punch, sock a good bust on the nose — J. T. Farrell

  4. 4 slang, law enforcement a :  a police raid (see 1raid 2b)b :  arrest 1 made a couple of drug busts

Origin and Etymology of bust

see 2bust


First Known Use: 1834


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bust

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adjective \ˈbəs-təd\
variants: or

busted

Definition of bust

  1. economics :  bankrupt, broke go bust

Origin and Etymology of bust

see 2bust


First Known Use: 1836



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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