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  1. broken, fractured, or seriously damaged: a busted leg.

  2. no longer working or operating: a busted radio.

  1. penniless or bankrupt; broke: busted businesses that can’t pay their bills.

  2. failed: I never talk about my busted marriages.

  3. in trouble; caught doing something bad or wrong: I know that’s a lie—you are so busted!

Origin of busted

First recorded in 1835–40; bust2 + -ed2

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British Dictionary definitions for busted


/ (ˈbʌstəd) /

  1. informal caught out doing something wrong and therefore in trouble: you are so busted

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