bust up

Definitions

  • Sat staring up at the busts
    Sat staring up at the busts
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bust up smash or break forcefully "The kid busted up the car"
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Usage

In literature:

Some one shore up and busted him a plenty with a soft-nose thirty.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
Places like this bust up and blow away.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
I figured that Tom Lorrigan was maybe ashamed of busting up the school and making talk, so he put up a regular schoolhouse.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
I was afraid there would be a bust-up then and there.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
There's goin' to be a mighty bust-up.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
That feller told her I was married and had four children; he come between us and bust us up.
"The Duke Of Chimney Butte" by G. W. Ogden
To bust it up, I coughs.
"Alex the Great" by H. C. Witwer
Well, they start to show the picture, and everything is all right up to the time the Kid busted into the drama.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
The best you can hope is that it will swell up and bust, and then, of course, there's nothing left.
"How to Study" by George Fillmore Swain
Don't he know I had nothing to do with his bust-up?
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
And three: What was it that was so safe about busting up civilization?
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
What you need for a big mineral deposit is some fissure veins, where the country has been busted up more.
"Silver and Gold" by Dane Coolidge
I seed babies pick up from de road with dere brains bust right out.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
You had busted up the firm so Rogers couldn't help none then, even if he'd found 'em.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
I'll bet this thing has bust him all up.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
I'm a little short o' wind, and these pesky gunboats are scrapin' the bark off'n my feet; but I'll keep up or bust.
"Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6) His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran" by John McElroy
Ye peck around me like a cock pickin' up corn, but I'll bust ye.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
En didn't I bust up agin a lot er dem islands en have a turrible time en mos' git drownded?
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
Some new company had it made for their machinery and they busted up.
"Dick Hamilton's Fortune" by Howard R. Garis
Even with them, though, you didn't see such a wholesale bust-up as that.
"Aletta" by Bertram Mitford
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In poetry:

Of all the bad horses that I ever rode,
None was like him, for he seemed to explode.
He busted me up and I'm still stiff and lamed--
That Ridge Runnin' Outlaw will never be tamed.
"The Ridge-Running Roan" by Curley Fletcher
That's 'ow it alwiz is: I try to show
'Ow I can use me bean in deep-laid lurks;
An' then some fool must go
An' bust the works.
'Ere, I 'ave planned a coop in slap-up-style,
An' Danny spikes me guns with gran'pa's tile.
"The Dance" by C J Dennis
Now Tom he was a lazy chap and fonder of his beer
Than he was of mending up his nets and tending to his gear,
And that was how it came about the seine bust clean in two,
And Tom he stood there gaping while the merrymaid slipped through.
"Told At "The Pilchards"" by Cicely Fox Smith
"I got no time fer wasters, lad," sez 'e,
"But that there ugly mug o' yourn I trust."
An' so I reckon that it's up to me
To make a bloomin' do of it or bust.
I got to take the back-ache wiv the rest,
An' plug along, an' do me little best.
"Uncle Jim" by C J Dennis

In news:

A drug bust on one of California's most popular trafficking routes this week turned up liquid drugs disguised in liquor bottles, a new trend police are trying to combat.
And this is right on the heels of Chapman's radar-busting 105 mph pitch in his AAA tune-up game last weekend.
Felicia 's injuries, and that the busted up room they believed the only explanation was murder.
There's some funky music making its way to Marquette this week when the band Funktio busts a beat at the Up Front & Company Thursday night.
There you are, busting your hump and they seem to continually get all the opportunities while you get passed up.
We're busting up the walls to make sure the mold doesn't rise and keep it safe for the future.
PHILADELPHIA – A hatchet used to bust up saloons, the verdict sheet from Al Capone's trial, and lawman Eliot Ness' sworn oath of office are among the more sobering artifacts in a new exhibit documenting the driest period in US history.
But his hopes of scoring quickly ended up being a bust.
Let courts unlock trust stashes in marital bust-ups, says commission.
The Miami Marlins ' celebrity manager was a bust, so they're calling one up from the minors.
The Miami Marlins' celebrity manager was a bust, so they're calling one up from the minors .
Each week we team up with 'Busted Newspaper' to bring you the finest in mind-blowing mugshots.
45-year-old Tonya Ann Fowler first saw her photo in a local round-up of just-caught criminals called "Bad and Busted" and wanted to have a second chance to look pretty.
Empty housing has been on the rise since the recession and real estate bust, but occupancy is starting to pick up in some places — largely because of soaring rental demand.
Some men take up cooking when takeout isn't available or restaurants bust their budgets.
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In science:

If she picks the slow time scale, she will end up aggregating the dynamics of multiple generations of the faster species, missing out its temporal booms and busts as well.
The Time Invariance Principle, Ecological (Non)Chaos, and A Fundamental Pitfall of Discrete Modeling
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