Meaning of “bust” in the English Dictionary

"bust" in English

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bustnoun [ C ]

uk /bʌst/ us /bʌst/

bustverb [ T ]

uk /bʌst/ us /bʌst/ busted or UK also bust, busted or UK also bust


uk /bʌst/ us /bʌst/

(Definition of “bust” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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bustverb [ I/T ]

us /bʌst/ infml

bust verb [ I/T ] (BREAK)

to burst or break something:

[ M ] The cops had to bust the door down.

slang A person who is busted is caught doing something wrong, esp. caught by the police and accused of a crime.

bustnoun [ C ]

us /bʌst/

bust noun [ C ] (STATUE)

a statue of the upper part of a person’s body:

a bust of George Washington

bust noun [ C ] (BREASTS)

a woman’s breasts, or the measurement around a woman’s body at the level of her breasts

bust noun [ C ] (BREAK)

slang an occasion when people are caught by the police and accused of a crime

(Definition of “bust” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bust" in Business English

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bustnoun [ C ]


a period of slow economic activity and lack of growth:

Each of the previous booms in real house prices was followed by a bust.
Employment soared during the 90s, only to plunge by nearly a third in the bust.
the dot-com/housing/oil bust

informal a failure:

Our attempt to start a new company was a complete bust.

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uk /bʌst/ us informal FINANCE
go bust

if a company goes bust, it is forced to close because it is financially unsuccessful:

He believes that banks should be allowed to go bust.
A thousand employees lost their jobs when the company went bust.

(Definition of “bust” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)