buster

noun
bust·er | \ ˈbəs-tər \

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 budget-buster, as well as debt service and state retiree benefits, threaten the state’s fiscal health, Ain told council members. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Business groups face tough fight on subsidized health care," 19 June 2018 Leaders should stop working in silos; instead, leaders should be silo-busters. charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018 Leaders should stop working in silos; instead, leaders should be silo-busters. charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018 Leaders should stop working in silos; instead, leaders should be silo-busters. charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018 Demand for this gut-buster figures to be intense, and quantities are limited. Joe Knowles, chicagotribune.com, "Are you fan enough for the Hot Doug's FireDog Pizza at Wrigley Field?," 2 July 2018 A day after shaving his mustache and continuing his search for a slump-buster, Alex Bregman tied the game at 2 with his 12th home run and drove in a go-ahead run in the fourth with a two-out single. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Curtis Granderson's home runs help Blue Jays soar past Astros," 26 June 2018 For the second time this month, the trust busters have received a sharp rebuke from the judiciary. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Another Antitrust Bust," 25 June 2018 Fungi are the basis for many drugs, including the antibiotic penicillin, the immunosuppressant cyclosporine and the cholesterol buster lovastatin, so Blanchette wondered if these Antarctic species might produce any useful molecules. Peter Andrey Smith, Scientific American, "Microbes Living in Antarctic Huts Produce Novel Chemical Compounds," 1 June 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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