There are 2 definitions of bust in English:

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noun

  • 1A woman’s chest as measured around her breasts: a 36-inch bust
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    • Measure yourself first with a tape measure, your bust, waist, and hips, over your undergarments.
    • So, if your ribcage measures 32 inches, your bust will be a 36.
    • While tags on Dunnes Stores' garments usually contain the bust, waist or hip measurements, most of the dimensions had to be gleaned from sizing charts on various retailers' websites.
  • 1.1A woman’s breasts, especially considered in terms of their size: a woman with big hips and a big bust
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    • 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.
  • 2A sculpture of a person’s head, shoulders, and chest.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    sculpture, carving, effigy, three-dimensional representation; statue, torso, head

Origin

mid 17th century (denoting the upper part or torso of a large sculpture): from French buste, from Italian busto, from Latin bustum 'tomb, sepulchral monument'.

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There are 2 definitions of bust in English:

bust2

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informal

verb (past and past participle busted or bust)

[with object]
  • 1Break, split, or burst: they bust the tunnel wide open figurative the film bust every box office record [no object]: the colour control had bust
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    break, crack, snap, fracture, shatter, smash, smash to smithereens, fragment, splinter; disintegrate, fall to bits, fall to pieces; split, burst, rupture; tear, rend, sever, separate, divide
    rare shiver
  • 1.1 [no object] (bust up) (Of a group or couple) separate, typically after a quarrel: now they’ve bust up, she won’t inherit the house
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    • All three, moreover, are certain that Eliska is just after mom's dough, so they conspire to bust up the couple, eventually and alarmingly concluding that one of them should bed mom's girlfriend.
    • Another chance to bust up the happy couple is thrown away.
    • One wonders how an ad might read when the relationship inevitably busts up.
  • 1.2Violently disrupt: men hired to bust up union rallies
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    • We are sending a loud and clear message: ‘Union busting no way!’
    • And are there factions within business who don't embrace the union busting agenda that we can work with constructively?
    • The only way to bust a union is to lie, distort, manipulate, threaten, and always, always attack.
  • 1.3North American Strike violently: Tamara bust him in the eye
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    • 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.
  • 1.4 [no object] (bust out) Escape: she busted out of prison
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    • Later in 1916 he busts out of a German PoW camp.
    • A serial bank robber busts out of prison, with a federal cop as an accidental hostage.
    • A soldier busts out of an outpost and you gun him down before he can do the same to you.
  • 1.5 [no object] (In blackjack and similar card games) exceed the score of 21, so losing one’s stake.
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    • If you're playing first base and you bust or get a Blackjack, don't wait for the other hands to be completed to have a completed count.
    • Solid citizens with stiffs don't lose any worse if a 17 is improved, and there seems to be a good chance that the dealer, drawing, will bust and pay everyone.
    • Seems staying pat and not busting, especially with a 16 against a seven, is the smarter play.
  • 2chiefly North American (Of the police) raid or search (premises where illegal activity is suspected): my flat got busted
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    raid, search, make a search of, swoop on, make a raid on
    informal do over
  • 2.1Arrest: two roadies were busted for drugs
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    • 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.
  • 2.2 (be/get busted) Be caught in the act of doing something wrong: I sneaked up on them and told them they were busted
  • 2.3chiefly US Reduce (a soldier) to a lower rank; demote: he was busted to private
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    • 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.

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  • 1A period of economic difficulty or depression: the boom was followed by the present bust
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    • 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.
  • 2A raid or arrest by the police: a drug bust
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    • 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.
  • 3A worthless thing: cynics remain convinced the political process is a bust
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    • Here is a look at this year's potential first-round receivers, with their chances of being an NFL bust denoted by a risk factor.
    • Will the aforementioned ex-Browns D-linemen pan out or stay mired in bust status?
    • Mechanical failure made Wednesday and the rest of the week a bust for work, opening a surprise dead spot in my schedule.
  • 4chiefly North American A violent blow: a bust on the snout
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    • And a bust on the chops (for I would let him take the first swing) would be absolutely worth it if he got put away.
    • "Crazy as a loon!" said the big tunnel worker, and that got him a bust on the nose.

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  • 1British Damaged or broken: the vacuum cleaner’s bust
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    • 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.
  • 2Bankrupt: six of their sponsors have gone bust
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    fail, collapse, crash, fold (up), go under, founder, be ruined, cave in; go bankrupt, become insolvent, cease trading, go into receivership, go into liquidation, be liquidated, be wound up, be closed (down), be shut (down)
    informal go broke, go bump, go to the wall, go belly up, come a cropper, flop, flatline

Origin

mid 18th century (originally US, as a noun in the sense 'an act of bursting or splitting'): variant of burst.

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