bust

If you bust something, you have broken it. A bust can also be a statue of someone from the shoulders up. Be careful to not bust a bust on your next field trip!

Several meanings of bust are pretty discouraging. You might describe your business as bust if it's totally out of money, for example. Or you might threaten your younger sister, "If you bust my ceramic unicorn, you're in big trouble!" There's also the kind of bust that might sit on your piano, like a bust of Mozart or Bach — a statue of a person's head and upper shoulders. This is the oldest meaning of the word, from the Italian busto, "upper body."

Primary Meanings of bust

1.
n
a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person
2.
vn
break open or apart suddenly and forcefully
a complete failure
3.
v
search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on
4.
adj
lacking funds
5.
n
an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
Full Definitions of bust
1

n a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person

Type of:
sculpture
a three-dimensional work of plastic art

n the chest of a woman

Synonyms:
female chest
Type of:
chest, pectus, thorax
the part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates
2

v break open or apart suddenly and forcefully

Synonyms:
burst
Types:
shatter
break into many pieces
Type of:
break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up
become separated into pieces or fragments

v separate or cause to separate abruptly

Synonyms:
rupture, snap, tear
Types:
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lacerate
cut or tear irregularly
pull, rend, rip, rive
tear or be torn violently
rip up, shred, tear up
tear into shreds
tease
tear into pieces
Type of:
disunite, divide, part, separate
force, take, or pull apart

v go to pieces

Synonyms:
break, fall apart, wear, wear out
break
ruin completely
Types:
fray, frazzle
wear away by rubbing
Type of:
crumble, decay, dilapidate
fall into decay or ruin

v ruin completely

“He busted my radio!”
Synonyms:
break
break, fall apart, wear, wear out
go to pieces
Antonyms:
bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on
restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
Types:
break down
cause to fall or collapse
Type of:
destroy, ruin
destroy completely; damage irreparably

n a complete failure

Synonyms:
fizzle, flop
Types:
bomb, dud, turkey
an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual
Type of:
failure
an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose
3

v search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on

Synonyms:
raid
Type of:
assail, attack
launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
4

adj lacking funds

Synonyms:
broke, skint, stone-broke, stony-broke
poor
having little money or few possessions
5

n an occasion for excessive eating or drinking

“they went on a bust that lasted three days”
Synonyms:
binge, bout, tear
Types:
piss-up
vulgar expression for a bout of heavy drinking
Type of:
revel, revelry
unrestrained merrymaking

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