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bust

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2 something that has failed

  • the first movie was a hit, but the sequel was an unexpected bust
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3 slang the act of taking or holding under oneʼs control by authority of law

  • those lowlifes were nabbed for drug dealing in a massive bust last month
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4 a bout of prolonged or excessive drinking

  • a bunch of underage kids having a beer bust while the parents were away for the weekend
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bust

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1 to bring to a lower grade or rank

  • the commander threatened to bust her for failing to salute
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2 to cause to lose one's fortune and become unable to pay one's debts

  • gambling is a dangerous habit that has busted many unfortunate souls
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3 to cause to separate into pieces usually suddenly or forcibly

  • the butterfingered husband had busted more plates than he cared to remember
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4 to deliver a blow to (someone or something) usually in a strong vigorous manner

  • busted the storekeeper on the nose and was promptly arrested for it
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hang one on

5 slang to take or keep under oneʼs control by authority of law

  • the cops busted the revelers for drinking in public
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6 to use up all the physical energy of

  • I had to bust my butt in order to get the project done on time
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wear to a frazzle

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