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busts

noun
plural of bust

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(Entry 1 of 2)

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 one's 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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busts

verb
present tense third-person singular of bust

Synonyms & Antonyms of busts (Entry 2 of 2)

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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5 slang to take or keep under one's 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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“Busts.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/busts. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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