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bust out

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bust out

verb phrase

  1. To be dismissed from a school for academic failure (1920+)
  2. To lose all one's money gambling, esp at craps; tap out (1960s+)
  3. break out (1930+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • Happy children, who can "bust out" when their feelings get the better of them!

    As Seen By Me Lilian Bell
  • And I bust out a-cryin', and turned my back to 'em, and went out.

  • Do it hurt the little birds to bust out of their shells in the springtime?'

    From the Valley of the Missing Grace Miller White
  • She explained: "You see, a woman is just about nine-tenths fool, Pierre, and has to bust out like that once in a while."

    Riders of the Silences

    John Frederick
  • Den Mr. Rabbit bust out laffin' an' holler out, "Rise up, sandy, an' git yo' meat."

  • And he deliberately keeps it up till I bust out and say a lot of things I don't mean.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • If he begins to bust out singing or playing the piano or something you won't let him.

    The Boy Grew Older Heywood Broun

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