- 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 busttiene 90 de bustoExample 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.
transitive verb past tense & past participle busted or (in British English also) bust
- 1.1 (break) [colloquial](window/machine)the door was locked, so we busted it opencomo la puerta estaba cerrada con llave, la abrimos a golpesExample sentences1.2
also: past tense & past participle busted(raid) [slang](premises)hacer una redada enExample 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.
- 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.
also: past tense & past participle busted(bankrupt)(American English) [colloquial]1.4dejar sin un centavo or (in Spain also) sin blanca or (in Mexico also) sin un quintoalso: past tense & past participle busted(punch)(American English) [colloquial]darle un puñetazo aExample sentences1.5
- 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.
also: past tense & past participle busted(demote)(American English) [slang]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.
- 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 (in British English also) bust
- 1 (collapse)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 bust1.2 (Games) (predicative) anything higher than a six and I'm bustir(se) a la bancarrotafundirse (Peru) (River Plate area) [colloquial]it's a gold medal or bustsi me toca una carta más alta que seis me paso or me voyo la medalla de oro o nadaExample 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.
- 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.
- 2 (broken) (British English) → busted
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