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1bust/ˈbʌst/noun
pluralbusts
1bust
/ˈbʌst/
noun
pluralbusts
Learner's definition of BUST  
[count]
: a sculpture of a person's head and neck and usually a part of the shoulders and chest
: a woman's breasts
   b  : a measurement taken around a woman's chest and back
— compare 3bust
2bust/ˈbʌst/verb
bustsbustedalso Britishbustbusting
2bust
/ˈbʌst/
verb
bustsbustedalso Britishbustbusting
Learner's definition of BUST  
[+ object]informal
: to break (something): such as
: to cause (something) to stop working by damaging it
   b  : to cause (something) to separate into parts or pieces
: to arrest (someone)
   b  : to catch (someone) doing something wrong
US, impolite  — used in phrases like bust your butt/ass to describe working very hard
US  : to hit or punch (someone)

bust a/your gut

— see 1gut

bust out

[phrasal verb]informal
bust out (doing something)  : to begin (doing something) suddenly : to burst out (doing something)
bust out (something) or bust (something) out  : to take (something) from the place where it is stored so that it can be used
: to escape from a prison, jail, etc.

bust up

[phrasal verb]informal
: to end your relationship with someone
bust up (something) or bust (something) up  : to cause (something) to end

or bust

informal
— used to say that you will do everything possible to get somewhere
3bust/ˈbʌst/noun
pluralbusts
3bust
/ˈbʌst/
noun
pluralbusts
Learner's definition of BUST  
[count]informal
US  : a complete failure : flop — usually singular
: an occurrence in which the police catch and arrest people committing a crime
— compare 1bust
4bust/ˈbʌst/adjective
4bust
/ˈbʌst/
adjective
Learner's definition of BUST  

go bust

informal
: to spend or lose all of your money : to go broke
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