Idioms

Origin of bust

2
1755–65; variant of burst, by loss of r before s, as in ass2, bass2, passel, etc.
Can be confusedburst burst (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

Historically bust is derived from a dialect pronunciation of burst and is related to it much as cuss is related to curse. Bust is both a noun and a verb and has a wide range of meanings for both uses. Many are slang or informal. A few, as “a decline in economic conditions, depression,” are standard.
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British Dictionary definitions for busted (1 of 3)

busted

/ (ˈbʌstəd) /

adjective

informal caught out doing something wrong and therefore in troubleyou are so busted

British Dictionary definitions for busted (2 of 3)

bust

1
/ (bʌst) /

noun

the chest of a human being, esp a woman's bosom
a sculpture of the head, shoulders, and upper chest of a person

Word Origin for bust

C17: from French buste, from Italian busto a sculpture, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for busted (3 of 3)

bust

2
/ (bʌst) informal /

verb busts, busting, busted or bust


noun

adjective

Word Origin for bust

C19: from a dialect pronunciation of burst
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Idioms and Phrases with busted

bust

In addition to the idioms beginning with bust

  • bust a gut
  • bust one's ass

also see:

  • break (bust) one's ass
  • go broke (bust)

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