bust bust  /ˈbəst/


  1. (n) a complete failure
  2. (n) the chest of a woman
  3. (n) a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person
  4. (n) an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
  5. (v) ruin completely
  6. (v) search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on
  7. (v) separate or cause to separate abruptly
  8. (v) go to pieces
  9. (v) break open or apart suddenly and forcefully
  10. (adj) lacking funds

Derived Word(s)


  1. No one's calling it a bust, but the glittering city-state's heavy debt load poses a challenge for its future growth.
  2. For five years, while Producer Howard Hughes and film censors played put take with certain shots in The Outlaw, Jane Russell was only a box-office bust.


  1. St. Cloud drug bust near middle school yields $58,247

    A St. Cloud drug bust seized 44 pounds of marijuana and $58,247 in sales on Tuesday after an eight-month investigation.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: FOX 9 News Twin Cities

  2. Heroin, counterfeit money bust has local officials concerned

    Drug bust in North Mankato finds sizable amount of heroin and counterfeit money.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Mankato Free Press

  3. Drug bust fuels case of mistaken identity

    Meth lab bust at beach youth sports facility taints similar facility next door.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: U-T San Diego


  1. "In the end, this is a symptom of a larger problem - a bubble and bust economy that valued reckless speculation over responsibility and hard work," President Obama said in a statement. "That is what we must ultimately repair to build a...
    on Mar 20, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: TIME

  2. "They started out watching me bust my ass, and I became part of their lives," Knievel said. "People wanted to associate with a winner, not a loser. They wanted to associate with someone who kept trying to be a winner."
    on Dec 1, 2007 By: Evel Knievel Source: Chicago Sun-Times

  3. "We will find higher interest rates, businesses going bust, unemployment rising and our living standards declining. I am not prepared to put up with that," he said in a BBC interview.
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: George Osborne Source: The Associated Press

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