bust
Pronunciation Noun

bust (plural busts)

  1. A sculptural portrayal of a person's head and shoulders.
  2. The breasts and upper thorax of a woman.
  3. (economics) The downward portion of a boom and bust cycle; a recession.
  4. (slang) A police raid or takedown of a criminal enterprise.
  5. (slang) A disappointment.
Translations Translations Verb

bust (busts, present participle busting; past and past participle busted)

  1. (transitive, colloquial, mostly, US) To break.
    I busted my cooker while trying to fix it.
  2. (transitive, slang) To arrest (someone) for a crime.
  3. (transitive, 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.
  4. (snowboarding) An emphatic synonym of do or get.
    He busted huge air off that jump!
  5. (US, informal) To reduce in rank.
    He busted him down to patrolman for insubordination.
    • 1962, The Manchurian Candidate, 01:56:35
      If Steinkamp doesn't take off that hat and stop messing around, I'm gonna bust him into a PFC.
  6. (poker) To lose all of one's chips.
  7. (blackjack) To exceed a score of 21.
  8. (transitive, slang) To break in (an animal).
  9. (intransitive, slang) To ejaculate; to eject semen.
Synonyms
  • (to arrest for a crime) nick
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Noun

bust (plural busts)

  1. (slang) The act of arrest#Verb|arresting someone for a crime, or raid#Verb|raiding a suspected#Adjective|suspected criminal#Adjective|criminal operation.
    a narcotics bust
  2. (slang) A failed#Adjective|failed enterprise; a bomb#Noun|bomb.
  3. (chess, informal) A refutation of an opening#Noun|opening, or of a previously published analysis.
  4. (sports, derogatory) A player who fail#Verb|fails to meet expectations.
Translations Translations Adjective

bust (not comparable)

  1. (slang) Without any money, broke, bankrupt.
    After months of financial problems, the company finally went bust.



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