Pronunciation: (bust), [key]
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]
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 fail to make a flush or straight by one card.
b. Blackjack. to draw cards exceeding the count of 21.

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.

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.

Informal.bankrupt; broke.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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