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bust

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of bust

  1. 1 a hard strike with a part of the body or an instrument delivered a bust to the boxer's chops Synonyms of bust bang, bash, bat, beat, belt, biff, bop, box, buffet, blow, chop, clap, clip, clout, crack, cuff, dab, douse [British], fillip, hack, haymaker, hit, hook, knock, larrup [dialect], lash, lick, pelt, pick, plump, poke, pound, punch, rap, slam, slap, slug, smack, smash, sock, spank, stinger, stripe, stroke, swat, swipe, switch, thud, thump, thwack, wallop, welt, whack, wham, whop (also whap)Words Related to bust counter, counterblow, counterpunch, counterstroke; body blow, hand, kick, knee, left, one-two, rabbit punch, right, right-hander, roundhouse, shiver, sidewinder, sucker punch, swing, uppercut; cruncher, kayo, knockdown, knockout, KO; bastinado (or bastinade), battering, beating, bludgeoning, clobbering, cudgeling (or cudgelling), drubbing, hammering, lambasting, licking, pasting, pounding, pummeling (also pummelling), thrashing; flogging, walloping, whip, whipping

  2. 2 something that has failed the first movie was a hit, but the sequel was an unexpected bust Synonyms of bust bomb, bummer, failure, catastrophe, clinker, clunker, debacle (also débâcle), disaster, dud, fiasco, fizzle, flop, frost, lemon, loser, miss, shipwreck, turkey, washoutWords Related to bust also-ran, disappointment, dog, has-been, near miss; botch, hash, mess, muddle, shambles; nonevent; nonstarterNear Antonyms of bust corker, crackerjack (also crackajack), dandy, jim-dandy, phenomenonAntonyms of bust blockbuster, hit, smash, success, winner

  3. 3 slang  the act of taking or holding under one's control by authority of law those lowlifes were nabbed for drug dealing in a massive bust last month Synonyms of bust apprehension, arrestment, arrest [slang], collar, pinchWords Related to bust raid; house arrest; capture, entrapment, seizure; captivity, confinement, detention, enchainment, hold, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, restraint; rearrest; remandNear Antonyms of bust emancipation, liberation, releaseAntonyms of bust discharge

  4. 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 Synonyms of bust bender, binge, carouse, carousal, drunk, jamboree, spree, toot, wassailWords Related to bust blowout, kegger (also keg party); bacchanalia, orgy, revel, revelry; bibbery, bibulousness, drunkenness, inebriation, inebriety, intoxication, jag, tipsiness


bust

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of bust

  1. 1 to bring to a lower grade or rank the commander threatened to bust her for failing to salute Synonyms of bust break, demote, degrade, disrate, downgrade, reduceWords Related to bust can, cashier, dismiss, downsize, fire, lay off, sack; abase, debase, demean, humble, humiliate, lowerNear Antonyms of bust hireAntonyms of bust advance, elevate, promote, raise

  2. 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 Synonyms of bust bankrupt, break, ruinWords Related to bust beggar, impoverish, pauperize; reduce, straiten; clean (out), wipe outNear Antonyms of bust enrich, richen

  3. 3 to cause to separate into pieces usually suddenly or forcibly the butterfingered husband had busted more plates than he cared to remember Synonyms of bust break up, break, distintegrate, dismember, disrupt, fracture, fragment, riveWords Related to bust atomize, crush, grind, powder, pulverize, reduce; blast, blow up, burst, detonate, explode; crack, pop, shatter, shiver, smash; chip, sliver, splinter, split; implode; destroy, ruin, wreckNear Antonyms of bust doctor, fix, heal, mend, patch, rebuild, recondition, reconstruct, renovate, repair

  4. 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 Synonyms of bust bang, bash, bat, belt, biff, bludgeon, bob, bonk, bop, box, hit, clap, clip, clobber, clock, clout, crack, hammer, knock, nail, paste, pound, punch, rap, slam, slap, slog, slug, smack, smite, sock, strike, swat, swipe, tag, thump, thwack, wallop, whack, whale, zapWords Related to bust batter, beat, buffet, bung, chop, cuff, drub, lace, lambaste (or lambast), lick, mangle, maul, pelt, pepper, pommel, pummel, rough; scuff; bunt, flick, stroke, tap; bump, butt, jab, jostle, kick, knee, poke, prod, push, shove, stamp; bowl (down or over), cream, deck, dump [slang], fell, floor, knock down, level; rabbit-punch, sucker punch; cane, club, cudgel, flail, flog, lash, sap, slash, sledge, sledgehammer, spear, stab, switch, thrash, whip; bean, brain, conk, skull

  5. 5 slang  to take or keep under one's control by authority of law the cops busted the revelers for drinking in public Synonyms of bust apprehend, arrest [slang], collar, nab, nail, nick [British slang], pick up, pinch, pull in, restrain, run in, seizeWords Related to bust bag, capture, catch, get, grab, grapple, hook, land, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap; commit, confine, detain, hold, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, jug, lock (up); bind, enchain, fetter, handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; rearrest; remandNear Antonyms of bust emancipate, free, liberate, loose, loosen, release, spring; unbind, unchainAntonyms of bust discharge

  6. 6 to use up all the physical energy of I had to bust my butt in order to get the project done on time Synonyms of bust break, burn out, exhaust, do in, do up, drain, fag, fatigue, frazzle, harass, kill, knock out, outwear, tire, tucker (out), wash out, wear, wear out, wearyWords Related to bust debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, sap, waste, weakenNear Antonyms of bust activate, energize, invigorate, rejuvenate, strengthen, vitalize; relax, rest, unwind



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