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

     

    bust

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//bʌst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌst//
     
    (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bust
    BrE BrE//bʌst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌst//
     
    he / she / it busts
    BrE BrE//bʌsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌsts//
     
    past simple bust
    BrE BrE//bʌst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌst//
     
    past participle bust
    BrE BrE//bʌst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌst//
     
    past simple busted
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌstɪd//
     
    past participle busted
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌstɪd//
     
    -ing form busting
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌstɪŋ//
     
    The police
     
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  1. 1bust something to break something I bust 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 somebody He's been busted for drugs. He was busted for drunk driving. The cops busted the place frequently. See related entries: The police
  3. 3bust somebody (especially North American English) to make somebody lower in military rank as a punishment synonym demote
  4. Word Originverb mid 18th cent. (originally US, as a noun in the sense ‘an act of bursting or splitting’): variant of burst.Idioms (North American English, informal) to criticize somebody Your blog is great but I have to bust your chops a little over this post.
    bust a gut (doing something/to do something)
     
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    (North American English also bust your chops) (informal) to make a great effort to do something It’s a problem which nobody is going to bust a gut trying to solve. I busted my chops to get into law school.
    (informal) 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 upbust somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bust