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bust1 / bəst/ • n. 1. a woman's chest as measured around her breasts: a 36-inch bust. ∎  a woman's breasts, esp. considered in terms of their size: selecting clothes that would minimize her large bust. 2. a sculpture of a person's head, shoulders, and chest. bust2 inf. • v. (past and past part. bust·ed or bust ) [tr.] 1. break, split, or burst (something): they bust the tunnel wide open. ∎  [intr.] come apart or split open. ∎  cause to collapse; defeat utterly: he promised to bust the mafia. ∎  (bust something up) cause (something) to break up: men hired to bust up union rallies. ∎  strike violently: they wanted to bust me on the mouth. ∎  [intr.] (bust out) break out; escape: she busted out of prison. ∎  [intr.] (in blackjack and similar card games) exceed the score of 21, losing one's stake. 2. raid or search (premises where illegal activity is suspected): their house got busted. ∎  arrest: he was busted for drugs. ∎  reduce (a soldier) to a lower rank; demote: he was busted to private. • n. 1. a period of economic difficulty or depression: the boom was followed by the present bust. 2. a police raid: a drug bust. 3. a worthless thing: as a show it was a bust. • adj. bankrupt: firms will go bust.

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bust1 sculpture representing head, shoulders, and breast XVII; female bosom XVIII. — F. buste — It. busto; the Rom. word is of unkn. orig.

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bust2 vulgar and dial. pronunc. of BURST. XVIII.

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bustadjust, august, bust, combust, crust, dust, encrust, entrust, gust, just, lust, mistrust, must, robust, rust, thrust, trust, undiscussed •stardust • sawdust • angel dust •bloodlust • wanderlust • upthrust

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