broken, fractured, or seriously damaged: a busted leg.
no longer working or operating: a busted radio.
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How to use busted in a sentence
In Houston, the heroes now arrive with plumbing toolsAbbott’s actions are aimed at a serious need, as many residents and business owners contend with busted pipes.Texas is in desperate need of plumbers. Two brothers-in-law drove more than 20 hours straight to help. | Lateshia Beachum | February 26, 2021 | Washington Post
The arrival of The Shot has transformed the grim pop-up clinics of the pandemic into gratitude factories — reassembly lines where Americans could begin to put back together their busted psyches.The joy of vax: The people giving the shots are seeing hope, and it’s contagious | Maura Judkis | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Those dealing with a busted Joy-Con can seek a repair through Nintendo, but for anyone else in need of a spare set, this deal should lessen the blow compared to buying directly from the company.Today’s best tech deals: Nintendo Joy-Cons, Apple’s M1 Mac mini, and more | Ars Staff | February 18, 2021 | Ars Technica
The busted system leads to flooding, sinkholes and toxic and bacteria-laden material flowing into the region’s coastal waters.Morning Report: The Stormwater Deficit Is a Big Deal | Voice of San Diego | February 8, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
The city’s busted stormwater system leads to flooding, sinkholes and toxic and bacteria-laden material flowing into the region’s coastal waters.San Diego’s Infrastructure Deficit Is Really a Stormwater Deficit | Andrew Keatts | February 8, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
South Korean police busted up one such scheme in 2011, which was said to have netted millions.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel | Michael Daly | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel room spat between the two left Nicki with a busted lip.Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability on ‘The Pinkprint’ | Rawiya Kameir | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ex-hippie Billy Hayes was busted for smuggling hash and thrown in a terrifying Turkish prison.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler | Marlow Stern | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
busted is not the only journalism-inspired Hollywood project in various stages of production.
Weeks before he was abducted, alleged members of a kidnapping network tied to ISIS were busted in London.Foley Abduction Linked to British Jihadi Kidnapping Ring | Josh Rogin, Eli Lake | August 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Each of them was chuck full of that dubious sort of pride that has busted up more than one love-fiesta.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
I am being busted here by party named Hutchinson.70 Seems good.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
And there was nice split-bottom chairs, and perfectly sound, too—not bagged down in the middle and busted, like an old basket.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Some of the boys around here have been telling me that you were all busted up about that girl you married.The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun
There isn't a one of them in the whole world that's worth getting busted up over.The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun
British Dictionary definitions for busted
informal caught out doing something wrong and therefore in trouble: you are so busted
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