WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
bust1 /bʌst/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
  1. Fine Arta statue or painting of the upper part of the human body:a bronze bust in the hallway.
  • the breasts of a woman;
    bosom.

bust2 /bʌst/USA pronunciation v. [Informal.]
  1. Informal Termsto burst: [+ object]Why did you bust those balloons?[no object]Did they all bust open?
  2. [+ object] Informal.
    • to hit:She busted him in the face.
    • to break:I fell and busted my arm.
  3. to damage or destroy: [+ up + object]He busted up the place.[+ object + up]Get Bugsy to bust the place up.
  4. [+ up] to break up; separate;
    split up:He and his wife busted up a month ago.
  5. [+ out of + object] to escape or flee from jail:They busted out of prison.
  6. [+ object] Slang.
    • to place under arrest:"Freeze! You're busted!'' shouted the cop.
    • to enter (a house) in a police raid:The police busted her house.

n. [countable]
  • [Informal.]something unsuccessful; a failure:The play turned out to be a real bust.
  • a sudden economic decline;
    depression:a bust in the economy.
  • Slang.
    • 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.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    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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