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.
- busse-buschke disease,
- bust a gut,
- bust one's ass,
- bustamante, anastasio
- to attack physically; beat up.
- to criticize or reprimand harshly.
- to make fun of or laugh at; mock.
- to inform on.
Origin of bust2
Examples from the Web for busted
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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
He was busted but far from bust, and by February Pseudo had 10 channels.A ‘Truman Show’ For Today: The Return of Josh Harris|Anthony Haden-Guest|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Well, what's the matter with makin' this house a hotel temporary for busted hearts what takes six months to cure?Lightnin'|Frank Bacon
Dis aint no time in de mawninfo six oclockt come t folkss houses nohow t mend a busted watah-pipenossir!The Corner House Girls' Odd Find|Grace Brooks Hill
You found me in a penitentiary, busted and all in—a thief and a gangster.The Sky Line of Spruce|Edison Marshall
Two hours after the start daylight busted through the trees.The Voodoo Gold Trail|Walter Walden
Talk about grit, the time a man wants to show that article's when he's busted.The Main Chance|Meredith Nicholson
Word Origin for bust
verb busts, busting, busted or bust
Word Origin for bust
"broken, ruined," 1837, past participle adjective from bust (v.).
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)