Definition of bust a gut in English:

bust a gut

informal
1Make a strenuous effort: a problem which nobody is going to bust a gut trying to solve
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  • We win together and we lose together and I knew they would be busting a gut to get the car perfect as quickly as was safely possible.
  • You cannot play this game with nine or ten men busting a gut and a few others standing around watching them.
  • I've just been busting a gut to get everything done before I go to NY tomorrow.
2Laugh very heartily: his facial expressions and ad libs were enough to get audiences to bust a gut
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  • Glancing into the audience I saw Papa just about to bust a gut laughing.
  • I never went five minutes without busting a gut.
  • The dog eating the squeaky toy was simply too much… I nearly bust a gut.
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