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busking

[ buhs-king ]
/ bʌs kɪŋ /
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noun
the act or practice of entertaining by dancing, singing, juggling, etc., on the street or in a public place:When I lived and studied in London for a year and a half, I brought my guitar along and did some busking in the streets.
adjective
engaged in this kind of public entertainment:My interviewee was late meeting me in the square, so while waiting I struck up a conversation with a busking musician.
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Origin of busking

busk + -ing1 for the noun; busk + -ing2 for the adjective
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How to use busking in a sentence

  • She is busking up her hair just as was gude enough for the old nuns, but no for kings and queens.'

    Two Penniless Princesses|Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Yet I had stayed this busking marriage Had not my brothers pressed me to such haste And peace not waited on it.

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays|Olive Tilford Dargan
  • They therefore decided that the band should go out "busking" each evening during Christmas week.

    From John O'Groats to Land's End|Robert Naylor and John Naylor
  • A younger daughter was sitting “busking her puppies” (dressing her puppets, dolls), as young girls are used to do.

    Witch Stories|E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
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