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.
Pronunciation: (bust),[key] —v.i. 1. Informal. a. to burst.
b. to go bankrupt.
c. to collapse from the strain of making a supreme effort: She was determined to make straight A's or bust. 2. Cards. a. Draw Poker.to fail to make a flush or straight by one card.
b. Blackjack. to draw cards exceeding the count of 21.
—v.t. 1. Informal. a. to burst.
b. to bankrupt; ruin financially.
2. to demote, esp. in military rank or grade: He was busted from sergeant to private three times. 3. to tame; break: to bust a bronco. 4. Slang. a. to place under arrest: The gang was busted and put away on narcotics charges. b. to subject to a police raid: The bar has been busted three times for selling drinks to minors. 5. Informal. a. to hit.
b. to break; fracture: She fell and busted her arm. 6. bust ass,Slang(vulgar). to fight with the fists; strike or thrash another.
7. bust on,Slang. a. to attack physically; beat up.
b. to criticize or reprimand harshly.
c. to make fun of or laugh at; mock.
d. to inform on.
8. bust one's ass,Slang(vulgar). to make an extreme effort; exert oneself.
9. bust up,Informal. a. to break up; separate: Sam and his wife busted up a year ago. b. to damage or destroy: Soldiers got in a fight and busted up the bar.
—n. 1. a failure.
2. Informal.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.
4. Slang. a. an arrest.
b. a police raid.
5. Informal.a drinking spree; binge.
6. Cards. a. a very weak hand.
b. Bridge.a hand lacking the potential to take a single trick.