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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a company goes bustinformal (= goes bankrupt)
go from boom to bust (=change from doing very well economically to doing very badly)
▪ The Mexican economy went from boom to bust very quickly.
▪ Like they say, June is busting out all over!
▪ She said Gloria was always trying to bust up their conversations.
▪ On the next, Black busted up the middle for a 24-yard touchdown run and the Cougars had a 7-6 lead.
▪ These were the boom and bust years, for which Major has conveniently disclaimed all responsibility.
▪ Unfortunately, boom gave way to bust, and funds were never raised to replace most of the razed landmarks.
▪ By 1974 the boom had bust.
▪ Perennial boom and bust cycles have always winnowed out weak farmers.
▪ This team has really taken to both of us out there busting our butts.
▪ She tells me that Jamie has been caught in a drugs bust at the Cross Keys pub.
▪ They stamp out graffiti, quash drug deals, bust carjacking rings, rescue drug overdose victims, even prevent suicides.
▪ Nobody had ever survived a drugs bust in Hollywood.
▪ School drug bust: Boy had cough drops Belle, W.. Va.
▪ A couple of years before, I got my jaw busted in a fight.
▪ They congregate off campus before and after school and during lunch, hoping not to get busted by passing teachers and administrators.
▪ Dean got really drunk and started busting up the bar.
▪ He busted the side window with a bat.
▪ His suitcase busted open, and everything went all over the floor in the hotel lobby.
▪ Jones was busted down to the rank of private.
▪ Karl fell off his skateboard and busted his arm.
▪ She fell and busted her knee.
▪ The ball hit him in the face and bust his glasses.
▪ The police had to bust down the door.
▪ The toy is made of a balloon in a cloth sack that can be hit without busting.
▪ The window busted when the ball hit it.
▪ By 1974 the boom had bust.
▪ Dallas busted the game open when Irvin slipped past cornerback Terrell Buckley, who is still waiting for help from his safeties.
▪ Every time you hear about a rave being busted, it's always E that the ravers were taking.
▪ So the bizzies come round here and bust me for possession.
▪ They stamp out graffiti, quash drug deals, bust carjacking rings, rescue drug overdose victims, even prevent suicides.
▪ She'd got a big bust.
▪ Could this game be one of the biggest busts in Super Bowl history?
▪ But it was too big in the bust and too long.
▪ Linda, although by no means particularly attractive, had a big bust.
▪ Just before airtime, a story had come in on a drug bust: space was hastily made for this.
▪ All the charges stem from Conoline's refusal to cooperate with an investigation into a botched Dec. 7 drug bust.
▪ Naturally, the drug bust was a bust, as dealers heard about it on the radio and disappeared.
▪ The dining room possessed a huge marble bust of Stalin, but little succulent to eat.
▪ A generous pile of cushions, or a treasured marble bust can add the required decorative touch.
▪ High bookcases lined the library walls and stood between the windows, each topped with a marble bust.
▪ Braniff Airlines went bust for the third time. 18.
▪ Unfortunately, both clubs went bust just as we were starting to draw a decent audience!
▪ Bank lending to the property market dried up, some property firms have gone bust and land prices have begun to slip.
▪ At least two stations went bust, and others, such as Invicta Radio in Kent, had to relaunch before getting firmly established.
▪ Read in studio Michael Heseltine is being blamed for thousands of people losing their holidays when a travel firm went bust.
▪ Then, within two months of receiving it, his £30 million firm went bust in the Spring of 1991.
▪ He'd been at the wrong end when a small company went bust in the city.
▪ But when the Thatcher boom went bust Sugar's business declined with it - and so did Amstrad's market rating.
▪ a 30-inch bust
▪ a drug bust
▪ High-tech stocks have always been highly volatile, partly because of their past booms and busts.
▪ Hopefully, some of the more level-headed members of the council can prevail and make the Boom Town fiasco a bust.
▪ On the tables are busts of Lincoln.
▪ There was a bust of Miguel de Unamuno at the bottom of the staircase, and it seemed to have been defaced.
▪ a busted air-conditioner
▪ I can't carry all the shopping home in this bag - it's bust.
▪ In the yard, Miguel found a writing table with a busted leg.
▪ Our television's bust, and so's the radio.
▪ The door's bust again. Can you get it fixed?
▪ There's no point in trying to mend it, it's completely bust.
▪ You can't record anything - the VCR's busted.
▪ And it's particularly daft when the firm itself has gone bust.
▪ Programme S.TODAY, 21.10.93SNA A director of a bust timeshare firm has admitted breaching strict consumer protection laws.
▪ So, next question: Is Ratners going bust?
▪ The bank also found that young people were less likely to go bust than older people.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

bust \bust\ (b[u^]st), n. [F. buste, fr. It. busto; cf. LL. busta, bustula, box, of the same origin as E. box a case; cf., for the change of meaning, E. chest. See Bushel.]

  1. A piece of sculpture representing the upper part of the human figure, including the head, shoulders, and breast.

    Ambition sighed: she found it vain to trust The faithless column, and the crumbling bust.

  2. The portion of the human figure included between the head and waist, whether in statuary or in the person; the chest or thorax; the upper part of the trunk of the body.

  3. Especially: A woman's bosom[2].


bust \bust\ (b[u^]st), v. t. To arrest, for committing a crime; -- often used in the passive; as, the whole gang got busted. [informal]


bust \bust\ (b[u^]st), v. i.

  1. To break or burst. [informal]

  2. (Card Playing) In blackjack, to draw a card that causes one's total to exceed twenty-one.

  3. To go bankrupt.

    to go bust to go bankrupt.

    or bust or collapse from the effort; -- used in phrases expressing determination to do something; as, Oregon or bust, meaning ``We will get to Oregon or die trying.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1690s, "sculpture of upper torso and head," from French buste (16c.), from Italian busto "upper body," from Latin bustum "funeral monument, tomb," originally "funeral pyre, place where corpses are burned," perhaps shortened from ambustum, neuter of ambustus "burned around," past participle of amburere "burn around, scorch," from ambi- "around" + urere "to burn." Or perhaps from Old Latin boro, the early form of classical Latin uro "to burn." Sense development in Italian is probably from Etruscan custom of keeping dead person's ashes in an urn shaped like the person when alive. Meaning "bosom" is by 1884.


variant of burst (n.), 1764, American English. For loss of -r-, compare ass (n.2). Originally "frolic, spree;" sense of "sudden failure" is from 1842. Meaning "police raid or arrest" is from 1938. Phrase ______ or bust as an emphatic expression attested by 1851 in British depictions of Western U.S. dialect. Probably from earlier expression bust (one's) boiler, by late 1840s, a reference to steamboat boilers exploding when driven too hard.


"to burst," 1806, variant of burst (v.); for loss of -r-, compare ass (n.2). Meaning "go bankrupt" is from 1834. Meaning "break into" is from 1859. The slang meaning "demote" (especially in a military sense) is from 1918; that of "place under arrest" is from 1953 (earlier "to raid" from Prohibition). In card games, "to go over a score of 21," from 1939. Related: Busted; busting.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A sculptural portrayal of a person's head and shoulders 2 The breasts and upper thorax of a woman Etymology 2

  1. (context slang English) without any money, broke n. 1 (context slang English) The act of arresting someone for a crime, or raiding a suspected criminal operation: 2 (context slang English) A failed enterprise; a bom

  2. 3 (context sports derogatory English) A player who fails to meet expectations. 4 (context chess informal English) A refutation of an opening, or of previously published analysis. vb. 1 To break something 2 (context slang English) To arrest for a crime 3 (context slang English) 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 (context snowboarding English) An emphatic ''to do'' 5 (context US informal English) To reduce in rank. 6 (context poker English) To lose all of one's chips. 7 (context blackjack English) To exceed a score of 21.


adj. lacking funds; "`skint' is a British slang term" [syn: broke, skint, stone-broke, stony-broke]

  1. n. a complete failure; "the play was a dismal flop" [syn: flop]

  2. a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person

  3. an occasion for excessive eating or drinking; "they went on a bust that lasted three days" [syn: tear, binge, bout]

  1. v. ruin completely; "He busted my radio!" [syn: break] [ant: repair]

  2. search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on; "The police raided the crack house" [syn: raid]

  3. separate or cause to separate abruptly; "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper" [syn: tear, rupture, snap]

  4. go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely" [syn: break, wear, wear out, fall apart]

  5. break open or apart suddenly and forcefully; "The dam burst" [syn: burst]


Bust may refer to:

  • Bust (sculpture), depicting a person's head and shoulders
  • Bust (magazine), a feminist pop culture magazine
  • Bust, Bas-Rhin, a city in north-eastern France
  • Bust may also refer to Jonathan Drouin, the 3rd overall pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Lashkar Gah, a city in Afghanistan, also known as Bust or Bost
  • Bust, a woman's breasts
  • Boom and bust cycle in economics
  • Going over 21 in blackjack
  • "Bust", 2015 song by rapper Waka Flocka Flame
  • An arrest or confrontation for wrongdoing.
Bust (magazine)

BUST Magazine is a women's lifestyle magazine that is published six times a year. The magazine is published by Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel.

Bust (sculpture)

A bust is a sculpted or cast representation of the upper part of the human figure, depicting a person's head and neck, as well as a variable portion of the chest and shoulders. The piece is normally supported by a plinth. These forms recreate the likeness of an individual. These may be of any medium used for sculpture, such as marble, bronze, terracotta or wood. A parallel term, aust, is a representation of the upper part of an animal or mythical creature.

Sculptural portrait heads from classical antiquity are sometimes displayed as busts. However, these are often fragments from full-body statues, or were originally created to be inserted into a pre-existing body; these portrait heads are not included in this article.

Usage examples of "bust".

It was sleeveless, with a scooped neck and a softly full torso that would cling around the bust and then float out in an ageless style that fell to the floor.

Urged by self-preservation, Steve hurled his only weapon, the alumite bust that had served him one good turn.

All in one lithe operation, the murderer was off into the night, carrying the alumite bust as a bonus.

Shy, iridescent, coltish, pelvically anfractuous, amply busted, given to diffident movements of hand brushing flaxen hair from front of dear creamy forehead, movements which drove Bruce Green up a private tree.

Her eyes were smoky marbles in a bust of discolored lapis lazuli, and I regarded her at that moment as an angel of transcendent apehood, a woman well ahead of her time.

About to reload, Clyde heard indignant buzzes from the directors near him and realized that the heroic bust represented old Henry Argyle, the presiding deity in these precincts.

I gave the monkey wide berth, nearly knocked into a huge betasselled sombrero someone had perched on a marble bust of the third Duke, avoided the peculiar green drink thrust in my direction by a woman dressed predominantly in beads and fringe, and escaped.

Blues screw that might have driven a lesser Bluesman to shoot hisself, get shot, get hold of some bad liquor, or bust up his guitar and take a job down to the mill.

As the men fought off boredom, Bucher began thinking the entire mission was going to be a bust.

Between the windows, two pedestals, surmounted by busts of Mademoiselle Clairon and Mademoiselle Dangeville, stood, one on each side of the great regulator--made by Robin, clockmaker to the king--which dominated the bust of Moliere--after Houdon--seeming to keep guard over all this gathering of artistic glory.

He too bent curious interested eyes upon the absorbed and searching face of his strange applicant as he placed pencils, canvas and brushes before her, and directed her to look for a model to the simple vase that stood opposite or to the bust of Clyte that was beside her.

The driver holds the door while Roth and Vasilisa move quickly through the snow and into the dim museum, where they check their coats, glance up at a large mural of Yuri Gagarin, and climb a flight of stairs to the main Gagarin exhibit where a bust of the dead cosmonaut seems to stand guard over well-dusted cases of memorabilia.

The reason the dasht is so sore is that I busted up his attempt to have the Lady Fouri kidnaped by his gang of tame bandits.

Jared wants to fight a cause, let him go busting into all the nursing homes, the clinics that doddle along on what the politicians reluctantly dole out, the street people.

Fatty to Buster, and Ern pointed his finger at Bingo, and said exactly the same.