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"bust" in British 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 )
  • 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 arrest people in it who they believe are breaking the law: The police busted him because they think he's involved with a terrorist group.
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bustadjective

uk   /bʌst/  us   /bʌst/
  • bust adjective (BUSINESS)

go bust
If a company goes bust, it is forced to close because it is financially unsuccessful: 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)

"bust" in American English

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bustverb [I/T]

 us   /bʌst/ infml
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 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]

uk   us   /bʌst/ ECONOMICS, FINANCE
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
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informal a failure: Our attempt to start a new company was a complete bust.
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bustadjective

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 employees lost their jobs when the company went bust.
(Definition of bust from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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