A bust of the composer Richard Wagner.
- The definition of bust is a word used for a woman's breasts, or a sculpture of a person from the neck up.
- An example of a bust is a woman's breasts.
- An exampleof a bust is a sculpture of the head of Michelangelo.
- Bust is defined as a period of economic down time, a police raid in which arrests are made or something that doesn't go as planned and that is considered a failure.
- An example of a bust is a period of economic slowdown or a great depression.
- An example of a bust is when the police raid a home and arrest people on drug charges.
- An example of a bust is when you try to sew something and it fails utterly and you end up with some useless pieces of fabric.
- To bust is to break something, to cause something to be broken, getting someone out of prison, or arresting someone.
- When a new product release breaks every record, this is an example of a bust of every record.
- When a couple splits up, this is an example of the bust up of the marriage.
- When someone is broken out of prison in an escape attempt, this is an example of a bust.
- When a police officer arrests a suspect, this is an example of a bust by a police officer.
- a piece of sculpture representing the head, shoulders, and upper chest of a human body
- a woman's bosom, including her breasts
- the circumference of a woman's chest, measured at its fullest point
Origin of bustFrench buste ; from Italian busto
- to burst or break
- to make penniless or bankrupt
- ⌂ to demote in rank
- ⌂ to tame (esp. broncos)
- ⌂ to hit
- ⌂ to arrest
- to make a raid () on
Origin of bustorigin, originally , dialect, dialectal variant, variety of burst
- to burst or break
- to become penniless or bankrupt
- ⌂ a person or thing that is a total failure
- ⌂ a financial collapse; economic crash
- ⌂ a punch
- ⌂ a spree
- ⌂ an arrest
bust one's tail
verbbust·ed, bust·ing, busts
- Informal a. To smash or break, especially forcefully: “Mr. Luger worked it with a rake, busting up the big clods, making a flat brown table” (Garrison Keillor).b. To render inoperable or unusable: busted the vending machine by putting in foreign coins.
- To cause to come to an end; break up: an attempt to bust the union.
- To break or tame (a horse).
- To cause to become bankrupt or short of money: “Unwatched overhead could bust us in a year's time” (Louis Auchincloss).
- Informal a. To place under arrest.b. To make a police raid on.
- Slang To reduce in rank; demote.
- Slang To hit; punch.
- Slang a. To undergo breakage; become broken.b. To burst; break: “Several companies have threatened to bust out of their high-wage contracts by the dubious technique of declaring bankruptcy” (Washington Post).
- To become bankrupt or short of money.
- Games To lose at blackjack by exceeding a score of 21.
- A failure; a flop: “The home-style bean curd is a bust, oily and rubbery” (Mark and Gail Barnett).
- A time or period of widespread financial depression: “Bankers consider the region's diversified economy to be good protection against a possible real estate bust” (American Banker).
- Slang A punch; a blow.
- Informal A spree: a fraternity beer bust.
- Informal a. An arrest.b. A raid.
Origin of bustVariant of burst.
- A sculpture representing a person's head, shoulders, and upper chest.
- a. A woman's breasts.b. The human chest.
Origin of bustFrench buste, from Italian busto, possibly from Latin bustum, sepulchral monument.
(third-person singular simple present busts, present participle busting, simple past and past participle busted)
- To break something
- (slang) To arrest for a crime
- (slang) To catch someone in the act of doing something wrong, socially and morally inappropriate, or illegal, especially when being done in a sneaky or secretive state.
- (snowboarding) An emphatic to do
- He busted huge air off that jump!
- (US, informal) To reduce in rank.
- He busted him down to patrolman for insubordination.
- (poker) To lose all of one's chips.
- (blackjack) To exceed a score of 21.
- (slang) The act of arresting someone for a crime, or raiding a suspected criminal operation:
- a narcotics bust
- (slang) A failed enterprise; a bomb.
- (sports, derogatory) A player who is drafted at a high position and fails.
- (chess, informal) A refutation of an opening, or of previously published analysis.
- (slang) without any money, broke
From the verb to burst.