- busse-buschke disease,
- bust a gut,
- bust one's ass,
- bustamante, anastasio
Origin of bust1
verb (used without object)
- to burst.
- to go bankrupt.
- to collapse from the strain of making a supreme effort: She was determined to make straight A's or bust.
- Draw Poker. to fail to make a flush or straight by one card.
- Blackjack. to draw cards exceeding the count of 21.
verb (used with object)
- to burst.
- to bankrupt; ruin financially.
- to place under arrest: The gang was busted and put away on narcotics charges.
- to subject to a police raid: The bar has been busted three times for selling drinks to minors.
- to hit.
- to break; fracture: She fell and busted her arm.
- an arrest.
- a police raid.
- a very weak hand.
- Bridge. a hand lacking the potential to take a single trick.
- to break up; separate: Sam and his wife busted up a year ago.
- to damage or destroy: Soldiers got in a fight and busted up the bar.
Origin of bust2
Examples from the Web for bust
Nobody ever says they want to become a cop so they can bust people for urinating in public or drinking alcohol on their stoop.
And every day, we bust our asses to continue “making it,” but we most certainly have not “made it.”
In writing my debut novel, The Home Place, I had to bust some Western mythology to tell the truth.
Think of it as the Jersey Shore exception, where you can act like a brutish goon and the first bust is essentially a do-over.Ray Rice Should Have Remembered His 'Kindness' Anti-Bullying Wristband|Michael Daly|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, Beck returned home and made a life-changing decision to bust out of the closet.
Variety 8:—Similar to the last, but back of bust is some distance from inner oval line.The Die Varieties of the Nesbitt Series of United States Envelopes|Victor M. Berthold
With that John begun to stare, and at last he bust out a larfin again.
Then I undertook the bust of my young sister Rgina, who had, alas!My Double Life|Sarah Bernhardt
Moreover, if he's so ugly as all that, you won't be so unhappy as you were last year when I was doing Mora's bust.The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)|Alphonse Daudet
But they say he was a bust anyway—just a morning-glory—and didn't know his luck.Winner Take All|Larry Evans
Word Origin for bust
verb busts, busting, busted or bust
Word Origin for bust
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bust
- bust a gut
- bust one's ass
- break (bust) one's ass
- go broke (bust)