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bust /bʌst/ n
  1. the chest of a human being, esp a woman's bosom
  2. a sculpture of the head, shoulders, and upper chest of a person
Etymology: 17th Century: from French buste, from Italian busto a sculpture, of unknown origin
bust /bʌst/ informal vb (busts, busting, busted, bust)
  1. to burst or break
  2. to make or become bankrupt
  3. (transitive) (of the police) to raid, search, or arrest
  4. (transitive) US Canadian to demote, esp in military rank
n
  1. a raid, search, or arrest by the police
  2. chiefly US a punch; hit
  3. US Canadian a failure, esp a financial one; bankruptcy
  4. a drunken party
adj
  1. broken
  2. bankrupt
  3. go bustto become bankrupt
Etymology: 19th Century: from a dialect pronunciation of burst



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