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Meaning of bust

bust

Pronunciation: (bust), [key]
— n.
  1. a sculptured, painted, drawn, or engraved representation of the upper part of the human figure, esp. a portrait sculpture showing only the head and shoulders of the subject.
  2. the chest or breast, esp. a woman's bosom.

bust

Pronunciation: (bust), [key]
— v.i.
  1. She was determined to make straight A's or bust.
    1. to burst.
    2. to go bankrupt.
    3. to collapse from the strain of making a supreme effort:She was determined to make straight A's or bust.
    1. Draw Poker.to fail to make a flush or straight by one card.
    2. Blackjack. to draw cards exceeding the count of 21.
—v.t.
    1. to burst.
    2. to bankrupt; ruin financially.
  1. to demote, esp. in military rank or grade: He was busted from sergeant to private three times.
  2. to tame; break: to bust a bronco.
  3. The gang was busted and put away on narcotics charges.
    1. to place under arrest:The gang was busted and put away on narcotics charges.
    2. to subject to a police raid:The bar has been busted three times for selling drinks to minors.
  4. She fell and busted her arm.
    1. to hit.
    2. to break; fracture:She fell and busted her arm.
  5. . to fight with the fists; strike or thrash another.
    1. to attack physically; beat up.
    2. to criticize or reprimand harshly.
    3. to make fun of or laugh at; mock.
    4. to inform on.
  6. . to make an extreme effort; exert oneself.
  7. Sam and his wife busted up a year ago.
    1. to break up; separate:Sam and his wife busted up a year ago.
    2. to damage or destroy:Soldiers got in a fight and busted up the bar.
—n.
  1. a failure.
  2. a hit; sock; punch: He got a bust in the nose before he could put up his hands.
  3. a sudden decline in the economic conditions of a country, marked by an extreme drop in stock-market prices, business activity, and employment; depression.
    1. an arrest.
    2. a police raid.
  4. a drinking spree; binge.
    1. a very weak hand.
    2. Bridge.a hand lacking the potential to take a single trick.
—adj.
  1. bankrupt; broke.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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