buster

noun
bust·​er | \ ˈbə-stər \

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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These myth-busters rely on a full body of evidence to pen their articles, rather than one study or personal anecdotes. Cara Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Skeptics use science to fight wave of bad nutrition advice on the internet," 7 Feb. 2018 Here are just 10 reasons to be cheerful: Union buster Scott Walker is apparently finally out as governor of Wisconsin. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "10 Good Things That Came Out of the Midterm Elections," 7 Nov. 2018 As orca advocates joined forces with dam busters, BPA has pushed back. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Orca survival may be impossible without Lower Snake River dam removal, scientists say," 15 Oct. 2018 Some of these, Fordow in particular, are fortified, but the US has bunker-buster bombs that are capable of doing real damage to them. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Trump’s tweet to Iran threatens a war that would in all likelihood be absolutely catastrophic.," 23 July 2018 The ex parte disclosure form is not a brain buster. Steve Lopez, latimes.com, "Want to save the California coast? Here's a good start," 21 Mar. 2018 So many interesting things about Gun trey left, open buster star motion, 383 X follow Y slant. SI.com, "Peter King’s Favorite Stories, from SI and The MMQB," 28 May 2018 The irony is that the Trump trust busters are banking on Barack Obama’s judges to do the saving. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Merger Appeal to Obama," 13 July 2018 Analysts said the governing agreement announced last week was a potential budget-buster. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Italy’s Populists Get a Green Light to Govern, in New Threat to Europe," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of buster

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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buster

noun

English Language Learners Definition of buster

: a person or thing that stops or prevents something

: a person or thing that breaks something apart

—used to address a man who is behaving in a way you do not like

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