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  1. bust
    IPA[bəst]
  2. verb

    • 1. break, split, or burst (something):

      they bust the tunnel wide open the film busts every box-office record
      Synonym : break, crack, snap, fracture, shatter, smash, smash to smithereens, fragment, splinter, disintegrate, fall to bits, fall to pieces, split, burst, rupture, tear, rend, sever, separate, divide, shiver
    • 2. come apart or split open:

      he was laughing fit to bust
    • 3. cause to collapse; defeat utterly:

      he promised to bust the mafia
    • 4. (especially of a married couple) separate, typically after a quarrel:

      now they've bust up, she won't inherit the house
    • 5. cause (something) to break up:

      men hired to bust up union rallies
    • 6. strike violently:

      they wanted to bust me on the mouth
    • 7. break out; escape:

      she busted out of prison
    • 8. (in blackjack and similar card games) exceed the score of 21, losing one's stake.

    • 9. raid or search (premises where illegal activity is suspected):

      their house got busted
      Synonym : raid, search, make a search of, swoop on, make a raid on, do over
    • 10. arrest:

      he was busted for drugs
      Synonym : arrest, apprehend, take into custody, seize, take in, take prisoner, detain, put in jail, throw in jail, pick up, run in, pull in, haul in, cop, nab, nail, do, collar, feel someone's collar, pinch, nick
    • 11. be caught in the act of doing something wrong:

      I sneaked up on them and told them they were busted
    • 12. reduce (a soldier) to a lower rank; demote:

      he was busted to private

    noun

    • 1. a period of economic difficulty or depression:

      the boom was followed by the present bust
    • 2. a raid or arrest by the police:

      a drug bust
    • 3. a worthless thing:

      as a show it was a bust

    adjective

    • 1. bankrupt:

      firms will go bust
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: bust, plural noun: busts

    • v.: verb: bust, 3rd person present: busts, gerund or present participle: busting, past tense: bust, past participle: bust

    • noun

      a woman's chest as measured around her breasts:

      a woman's breasts, especially considered in terms of their size:

    • verb

      break, split, or burst:

      (of a group or couple) separate, typically after a quarrel:

    • noun

      a period of economic difficulty or depression:

      a raid or arrest by the police:

    • adjective

      damaged or broken:

      bankrupt:

    • noun

      a woman's chest as measured around her breasts:

      a woman's breasts, especially considered in terms of their size:

    • noun

      a temporary marked decrease in the birth rate.
    • noun

      a seizure of illegal drugs by the police or other law-enforcement agency.
    • noun

      a serious quarrel:

      a fight or brawl:

    • noun

      a seizure of illegal drugs by the police or other law-enforcement agency.
    • used to indicate that a supreme effort will be made to achieve the stated goal, with utter failure as the only alternative
    • noun

      a temporary marked decrease in the birth rate.
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