Definition of bust noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bʌst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌst//
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  1. 1a stone or metal model of a person’s head, shoulders and chest a marble bust of Napoleon
  2. 2(used especially when talking about clothes or measurements) a woman’s breasts or the measurement around the breasts and back What is your bust measurement, Madam? The dress was too big in the bust. exercises to tone the bust
  3. 3a period of economic difficulty in which people and businesses struggle to survive a boom and bust cycle Both the boom and its inevitable bust have been enormously disruptive.
  4. 4(informal) an unexpected visit made by the police in order to arrest people for doing something illegal a drug bust
  5. 5(North American English) a thing that is not good As a show it was a bust.
  6. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 mid 17th cent. (denoting the upper part or torso of a large sculpture): from French buste, from Italian busto, from Latin bustum ‘tomb, sepulchral monument’. noun sense 3 mid 18th cent. (originally US, as a noun in the sense ‘an act of bursting or splitting’): variant of burst.Extra examples Her bust reduced from 40 to 34 inches as a result of her diet. The dress is made to fit up to a 40-inch bust. The prime minister unveiled a bust of the former president.
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