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Definition of bust verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bust
    he / she / it busts
    past simple bust
    past simple busted
    -ing form busting
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  1. 1bust something to break something I busted my camera. The lights are busted. Come out, or I'll bust the door down!
  2. 2bust somebody/something (for something) (of the police) to suddenly enter a place and search it, or arrest someone He was busted for drugs.
  3. 3bust somebody to make someone lower in military rank as a punishment synonym demote
  4. 4-busting (in compound adjectives) used to show that something is being prevented or stopped a crime-busting superhero
  5. Idioms
      bust somebody's chops (informal)
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    1. 1to hit someone hard in the jaw If you call me that again, I’ll bust your chops.
    2. 2to criticize or annoy someone in a way that is not serious My dad sometimes busts my chops about not working hard enough.
      bust a gut (also bust your gut) (informal)
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    1. 1to laugh very hard The movie was so funny I busted my gut laughing.
    2. 2to put a lot of effort into something We busted a gut trying to fix the car, but it just wouldn’t move. I busted a gut to get you out of this mess!
    … or bust (informal)
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    used to say that you will try very hard to get somewhere or achieve something For him it's the Olympics or bust.
    Phrasal Verbsbust outbust upbust somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bust