- the chest of a human being, esp a woman's bosom
- a sculpture of the head, shoulders, and upper chest of a person
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- 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.
split up[~ + up]He and his wife busted up a month ago.
- to place under arrest:"Freeze! You're busted!'' shouted the cop.
- to enter (a house) in a police raid:The police busted her house.
- [Informal.]something unsuccessful; a failure:The play turned out to be a real bust.
- a sudden economic decline;
depression:a bust in the economy.
- an arrest:The rookie got credit for the bust of the Mafia boss.
- a police raid.
adj. [go + ~]
- Informal TermsInformal. bankrupt; broke:Our business went bust after the war.
- Fine Arta sculptured, painted, drawn, or engraved representation of the upper part of the human figure, esp. a portrait sculpture showing only the head and shoulders of the subject.
- the chest or breast, esp. a woman's bosom.
- Latin būstum grave mound, tomb, literally, funeral pyre, ashes; presumably by association with the busts erected over graves
- Italian busto, probably
- French buste
- to burst.
- to go bankrupt.
- to collapse from the strain of making a supreme effort:She was determined to make straight A's or bust.
- [Draw Poker.]to fail to make a flush or straight by one card.
- Blackjack. to draw cards exceeding the count of 21.
- to burst.
- to bankrupt; ruin financially.
break:to bust a bronco.
- to place under arrest:The gang was busted and put away on narcotics charges.
- to subject to a police raid:The bar has been busted three times for selling drinks to minors.
- to hit.
- to break; fracture:She fell and busted her arm.
strike or thrash another.
- to attack physically;
- to criticize or reprimand harshly.
- to make fun of or laugh at;
- to inform on.
- to break up;
separate:Sam and his wife busted up a year ago.
- to damage or destroy:Soldiers got in a fight and busted up the bar.
- a failure.
- Informal Terms[Informal.]a hit; sock;
punch:He got a bust in the nose before he could put up his hands.
- a sudden decline in the economic conditions of a country, marked by an extreme drop in stock-market prices, business activity, and employment;
- an arrest.
- a police raid.
- a very weak hand.
- [Bridge.]a hand lacking the potential to take a single trick.
- Informal Terms[Informal.]bankrupt;
- variant of burst, by loss of r before s, as in ass2, bass2, passel, etc. 1755–65
- 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