bust·​er | \ ˈbə-stər How to pronounce buster (audio) \

Definition of buster

1a chiefly Midland : someone or something extraordinary a buster of a breakfast— Harriet B. Stowe
b : an unusually sturdy child
c often capitalized : fellow usually used as a form of address hey buster, come here
2 chiefly Australia : a sudden violent wind often coming from the south
3 : one that breaks, breaks up, or eliminates something crime busters : such as
a : plow
b [ short for broncobuster ] : a person who breaks horses
4 : a bad fall

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This closer-in look reveals Hawley, a devout evangelical Presbyterian, to be something other than just another fresh-faced family values Republican or opportunistic trust-buster. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "Is Josh Hawley For Real?," 25 July 2019 And, maybe most surprisingly, Stefanos Tsitsipas, the player, notionally, most likely to play trust-buster and break up the Big Three monopoly, fell to No. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "15-Year-Old Cori Gauff's Win Over Venus Williams Highlights Wild Day 1 of Wimbledon," 1 July 2019 Grouper sandwich Whether served fried, blackened or grilled, there’s no denying that this mammoth hunger-buster should be Florida’s state sandwich. Holly V. Kapherr, USA TODAY, "Delicious eats to savor along Florida’s Paradise Coast," 9 July 2019 These days, outside of block buster movies or the chance to mob a Walmart on Black Friday, consumers hardly turn out at all. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "People actually lined up to buy AMD's new Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs," 9 July 2019 The shocking statistics — and myth-busters — may surprise you. 1. Redbook, "12 Shocking Things You Didn't Know About Yeast Infections," 17 Aug. 2017 Dried Apricots Apricots are rich in magnesium, which is a stress-buster and a natural muscle relaxant as well. Marie Claire, "9 Foods That Reduce Stress Levels," 21 Mar. 2010 These days, Blonder is the resident science advisor and myth buster at the popular BBQ and grilling site called Amazing Ribs. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to successful BBQ pork butt and brisket is science," 1 Sep. 2018 If your hunger is coinciding with a stressful period in your life, cut yourself some slack and try these stress-busters that help you focus on a little TLC. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Hungry?," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of buster

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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English Language Learners Definition of buster

: a person or thing that stops or prevents something
: a person or thing that breaks something apart
US, informal + somewhat old-fashioned used to address a man who is behaving in a way you do not like

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not constant or steady

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