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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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 This is especially true because, to secure his new budget buster, Mr. Schumer had to break his own previous agreement with Republicans to abide by reasonable limits on discretionary spending. James Freeman, WSJ, "Trump Targets the Schumer Excuse," 7 May 2018 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

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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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