- the chest of a human being, esp a woman's bosom
- a sculpture of the head, shoulders, and upper chest of a person
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
- Fine Arta statue or painting of the upper part of the human body:a bronze bust in the hallway.
- the breasts of a woman;
bust2 /bʌst/USA pronunciation v. [Informal.]
- Informal Termsto burst: [~ + object]Why did you bust those balloons?[no object]Did they all bust open?
- to hit:She busted him in the face.
- to break:I fell and busted my arm.
- to damage or destroy: [~ + up + object]He busted up the place.[~ + object + up]Get Bugsy to bust the place up.
- [~ + up] to break up; separate;
split up:He and his wife busted up a month ago.
- [~ + out of + object] to escape or flee from jail:They busted out of prison.
- to place under arrest:"Freeze! You're busted!'' shouted the cop.
- to enter (a house) in a police raid:The police busted her house.
depression:a bust in the economy.
- an arrest:The rookie got credit for the bust of the Mafia boss.
- a police raid.
adj. [go + ~]
- to burst or break
- to make or become bankrupt
- (transitive) (of the police) to raid, search, or arrest
- (transitive) US Canadian to demote, esp in military rank
- a raid, search, or arrest by the police
- chiefly US a punch; hit
- US Canadian a failure, esp a financial one; bankruptcy
- a drunken party
- go bust ⇒ to become bankrupt