bust Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “bust” in the English Dictionary

"bust" in British English

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bustnoun [C]

uk   us   /bʌst/

bust noun [C] (BREASTS)

a woman's ​breasts, or the ​measurement around a woman's ​breasts and back: I couldn't ​find any ​blouses in my bust ​size.

bust noun [C] (HEAD)

a ​model of the ​head and ​shoulders of a ​person: There was a bust of Mahler on his ​desk.

bust noun [C] (ARREST)

slang an ​occasion when ​policearrestpeople who are ​thought to have ​broken the ​law: In ​theirlatest drugs bust ​policeentered a ​warehouse where ​cocainedealers were ​meeting.

bustverb [T]

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

bust verb [T] (BREAK)

informal to ​break something: Oh no! I bust his ​MP3player.

bust verb [T] (ARREST)

US slang When the ​police bust a ​person, they ​arrest them, or when they bust a ​building or a ​place, they ​arrestpeople in it who they ​believe are ​breaking the ​law: The ​police busted him because they ​think he's ​involved with a ​terroristgroup.
Phrasal verbs


uk   us   /bʌst/

bust adjective (BROKEN)

UK informal (US busted) broken: I ​think my ​watch is bust.

bust adjective (BUSINESS)

go bust If a ​company goes bust, it is ​forced to ​close because it is ​financiallyunsuccessful: More than 20 ​companies in the ​district went bust during the last three ​months.
(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: [I always + adv/prep] He busted out ​laughing. [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 ​upperpart 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]

uk   us   /bʌst/ ECONOMICS, FINANCE
a ​period of ​sloweconomicactivity and ​lack of ​growth: Each of the previous ​booms in ​realhouseprices 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   us   /bʌst/ 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 ​employeeslost their ​jobs when the ​company went bust.
(Definition of bust from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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