bust up the BIG BANKS,” told me that posters like hers “just draw more attention and show more effort.
Archer denied that he had left the prominent role in the church after a bust up with David Miscavige, the head of the church.
It was all very well to say you were going to "bust up" Bull Harris' speech.
He says it'll bust up the Republic before they've done with it.
En didn't I bust up agin a lot er dem islands en have a turrible time en mos' git drownded?
Just because you are happy is no reason you should bust up my sleeping place.
Mrs. Nunn set her lips, thrust her bust up and her chin out.
You guys think those axes are only to bust up furniture with?
Yes, and if anything should touch me kinder hard I might go off and all bust up.
One thing seemed to lead to another, and the show sort of bust up.
1690s, "sculpture of upper torso and head," from French buste (16c.), from Italian busto "upper body," from Latin bustum "funeral monument, tomb," originally "funeral pyre, place where corpses are burned," perhaps shortened from ambustum, neuter of ambustus "burned around," past participle of amburere "burn around, scorch," from ambi- "around" + urere "to burn." Or perhaps from Old Latin boro, the early form of classical Latin uro "to burn." Sense development in Italian is probably from Etruscan custom of keeping dead person's ashes in an urn shaped like the person when alive. Meaning "bosom" is by 1884.
variant of burst (n.), 1764, American English. For loss of -r-, cf. ass (n.2). Originally "frolic, spree;" sense of "sudden failure" is from 1842. Meaning "police raid or arrest" is from 1938. Phrase ______ or bust as an emphatic expression attested by 1851 in British depictions of Western U.S. dialect. Probably from earlier expression bust (one's) boiler, by late 1840s, a reference to steamboat boilers exploding when driven too hard.
"to burst," 1806, variant of burst (v.); for loss of -r-, cf. ass (n.2). Meaning "go bankrupt" is from 1834. Meaning "break into" is from 1859. The slang meaning "demote" (especially in a military sense) is from 1918; that of "place under arrest" is from 1953 (earlier "to raid" from Prohibition). In card games, "to go over a score of 21," from 1939. Related: Busted; busting.
An argument, esp violent: bust-up over unionizing (1900+)