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bust 1

American English: /bəst/
British English: /bʌst/


  • 1 (sculpture)
    Example sentences
    • Now the sculptor who made the bust is working on a statue of Nelson Mandela based on that visit to Bedford.
    • The room was decorated with fine eighteenth century art, sculptures and busts of previous political figures.
    • One is of a pair of figures from the shoulders up, looking at two sculpted busts that are, in shape and composition, an exact repetition of themselves.
  • 2 (bosom) she's a 36-inch bust
    tiene 90 de busto
    Example sentences
    • We may be dismayed that a 15-year-old feels her sense of worth rests on the size of her bust, but haven't 15-year-old girls always felt like this?
    • But the products are expected to be snapped up by even more women keen to increase the size of their bust.
    • It's a particularly good shape to wear if you have a bigger bust.
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bust 2

American English: /bəst/
British English: /bʌst/

transitive verb past tense & past participle busted or (British English also) bust

  • 1 (break) [colloquial]
    the door was locked, so we busted it open
    como la puerta estaba cerrada con llave, la abrimos a golpes
    Example sentences
    • Only broken furniture, busted doorways, and bloodstains.
    • You skip around the back and quietly encourage the locks to take a break, while I bust the front door lock.
    • I've split my lip and busted my eyebrow, but luckily I haven't broken any bones.
  • 2
    past tense & past participle busted
    (raid) [slang]
    hacer una redada en
    Example sentences
    • Whether the police actually busted the premises, remains unknown.
    • This was an unusual investigation because most meth labs aren't busted by good police work.
    • In August 2001, the Delhi Police busted an international illegal exchange in Jasola Vihar.
    Example sentences
    • One third of Canadians arrested abroad were busted for drugs, making it the most commonly prosecuted offence.
    • A respected art dealer is busted for selling a Cheyenne war bonnet.
    • Not testing is cheaper and easier than testing, and your athletes are much less likely to be busted for doping.
  • 3
    past tense & past participle busted
    (bankrupt) (American English) [colloquial]
    dejar sin un centavo or (Spain tb) sin blanca or (Mexico tb) sin un quinto
  • 4
    past tense & past participle busted
    (punch) (American English) [colloquial]
    darle un puñetazo a
    Example sentences
    • Passport control officers entered the train, and immediately started busting the chops of everyone in our cabin.
    • I was so angry, I could have busted his knee cap, broken his jaw, and broken his arms, but I controlled myself.
    • He needs some nurturing as he got in a fight at work last night and now has a smashed nose and busted up lip.
  • 5
    past tense & past participle busted

    bust (down)

    (demote) (American English) [slang]
    Example sentences
    • That soldier had already been busted to El and was on the short list for an administrative discharge.
    • First you go get yourself a silver star, then you get busted to private.
    • Eastwood plays ex-Lieutenant Kelly, who was busted down to private as a scapegoat for a failed mission.

intransitive verb past tense & past participle busted or (British English also) bust


  • 1 (collapse) (esp American English)
    Example sentences
    • Likewise recessions or economic busts are set in motion if people suddenly change their psychology and stop spending.
    • More recently we have relied on consumer spending to prop up the economy during the bust.
    • Cold Wars, Hot Wars, economic booms and busts, the rapacious scramble for resources: we hear the warnings of countries, the shouts of other countries in greedy triumph.
  • 2 (raid) [slang]
    Example sentences
    • During the bust, police seized three kilograms of cocaine having an estimated street value of $255,000.
    • A suspected drug dealer was arrested during a dawn raid on his house, the latest in a series of weekly busts by Merton police.
    • The bust was made after police received a tip from the public.


  • 1 1.1 (bankrupt) [colloquial]to go bust
    ir(se) a la bancarrota
    fundirse (Peru) (River Plate area) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Her face was bleeding with a bust lip and swollen eye.
    • The wakeful partner looks as if she was constructed piecemeal, again with a bust pendant from her broad shoulders.
    • It's about being stuck in the sticks with a bust radio, a girl called Megan and some wolfy things in the woodshed.
    Example sentences
    • It's rare that an airline will go bust overnight, but it's still a good idea to know your options.
    • The survey revealed firms in Scotland are nearly half as likely to go bust than their English counterparts.
    • If the Government hadn't reversed some of the Bacon measures in the Budget, building firms would have gone bust by now.
    1.2 (Games) (predicative) anything higher than a six and I'm bust
    si me toca una carta más alta que seis me paso or me voy
    it's a gold medal or bust
    o la medalla de oro o nada
  • 2 (broken) (British English) busted

Phrasal verbs

bust up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (end)
(disrupt) (meeting)
jorobar [colloquial]
1.2 (wreck)
hacer polvo [colloquial]
2verb + adverbto bust up with somebody 2.1 (separate)
romper con alguien
2.2 (quarrel)
pelearse con alguien
tener una bronca con alguien [colloquial]
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