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To break, split, or burst open
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“The pump never worked, and I had to bust the container open and use a Q-tip every time I wanted to apply the cream.”
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To disprove the veracity of
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“Jamie and Adam quickly bust the myth that a tape measure is capable of stopping a bullet.”
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To arrest or legally apprehend
“The maneuver used to bust the drug smugglers in the largest arrest in the southwest was way out of the bounds of safety.”
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To raid or search premises, typically where illegal activity is suspected
“Despite their best efforts, the police were unable to bust the hideout of the criminals in the dense jungle.”
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To exhaust oneself, or use up all of one's physical energy
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“I know you've got fearsome troubles, and I near bust myself trying to help, but all you do is get crotchety.”
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To hit or strike very hard
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“George McFly threatened to bust Biff in the face if he didn't let Lorraine go.”
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To lower the rank or status of something or someone
“Sam would respond sarcastically to people who called him Chief, as long as they weren't superior officers who could bust him for insubordination.”
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To destroy or cause the ruin of
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“All by yourself, you're going to bust his operation? Fighting him and his allies, you'd be fighting an army.”
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To ruin, or be ruined, financially
“I can't figure out why Pop would bust his bank account to buy that infernal piece of land.”
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To stop operating
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To take violent or aggressive action against
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(of rain, a crop or supply) To be insufficient when needed or expected
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To fail, especially in spectacular fashion
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To leave or escape
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To use, empty or drain completely
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To fail as a business, usually due to bankruptcy
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To tame (an animal) and keep it as a pet or on a farm
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To expel or send away, especially permanently
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(music) To speak in rhyming lyrics rhythmically
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A sculpture of a person's head, shoulders, and chest
“May I have the honor of making a bust of your excellency's head?”
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An object, person or endeavour in a state of failure
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“Under the stewardship of Johnson and Kennedy, what was once a thriving franchise would turn into an overnight bust.”
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An arrest for illegal activity
“He sold $600 worth of rock before police made the bust.”
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A raid or search conducted on a premise, typically due to illegal activity
“After receiving a tip that someone from the clinic was pushing a prescription pill mill, Woods arranged for a bust on the facility.”
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(economics) The downward portion of a boom and bust cycle
“The conventional wisdom is that this supposed sell-off will result in a stock market bust.”
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A woman's chest as measured around her breasts
“Her bust size made it easy for her to purchase a fitting dress.”
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(somewhat rare) A hard strike or hit
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“The boxer had let his guard down and received a hard bust to his chin.”
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A period of excessive indulgence in drinking alcohol
“The beer bust likely began as a way to let the employees, exhausted after a week of long hours and high quotas, blow off some steam.”
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A person who lacks intelligence
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Amusement, entertainment, occasionally to excess
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An unstable time or period, usually marked by intense difficulty or danger
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Fists meeting equivalent to a high-five
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A statue or structure established to remind people of a person or event
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Not in working order or condition
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“Unfortunately, the coffee machine has gone bust.”
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In a state of bankruptcy
“At the point of insolvency, your business is bust.”
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Having below average income or lacking money to sufficiently live comfortably
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