bust

Definitions

  • She bust her old sides in the attempt
    She bust her old sides in the attempt
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bust lacking funds "`skint' is a British slang term"
    • v bust break open or apart suddenly and forcefully "The dam burst"
    • v bust go to pieces "The lawn mower finally broke","The gears wore out","The old chair finally fell apart completely"
    • v bust ruin completely "He busted my radio!"
    • v bust separate or cause to separate abruptly "The rope snapped","tear the paper"
    • v bust search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on "The police raided the crack house"
    • n bust an occasion for excessive eating or drinking "they went on a bust that lasted three days"
    • n bust a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person
    • n bust the chest of a woman
    • n bust a complete failure "the play was a dismal flop"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sat staring up at the busts Sat staring up at the busts

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • bust A piece of sculpture representing the upper part of the human figure, including the head, shoulders, and breast. "Ambition sighed: she found it vain to trust
      The faithless column, and the crumbling bust ."
    • bust A woman's bosom{2}.
    • bust The portion of the human figure included between the head and waist, whether in statuary or in the person; the chest or thorax; the upper part of the trunk of the body.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bust A dialectal or vulgar form of burst.
    • n bust A dialectal or vulgar form of burst.
    • n bust Specifically, a spree: as, to go on a bust.
    • n bust The chest, thorax, or breast; the trunk of the human body above the waist.
    • n bust In sculpture, the figure of a person in relief, showing only the head, shoulders, and breast. The term may be applied to the head and neck only, or to the head and neck with the shoulders and breast, or to the head with the whole chest, or to the head, neck, breast, and shoulders, with the arms truncated above the elbow.
    • bust To put a tar-mark upon (sheep).
    • n bust A tar-mark on sheep.
    • bust To break to the saddle, as an intractable bronco.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bust bust a sculpture representing the head and breast of a person: the upper part of the human body, a woman's bosom
    • n., v Bust bust a vulgar form of Burst
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Quotations

  • Joe Bamford
    Joe Bamford
    “Frankly, I don't want to see a rapid upturn. I want it to hold until some of these idiotic competitors go bust.”
  • David Crosby
    David Crosby
    “I am having so much fun performing, I feel almost guilty. I think, my God, I hope no one comes and busts me for this.”
  • Josh Billings
    Josh%20Billings
    “The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.”

Idioms

Bust my chops - When someone says that they're not going to bust their chops, it means they are not going to work that hard or make much effort.
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Busted flush - Someone or something that had great potential but ended up a useless failure is a busted flush.
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Go bust - If a company goes bust, it goes bankrupt.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. buste, fr. It. busto,; cf. LL. busta, bustula, box, of the same origin as E. box, a case; cf., for the change of meaning, E. chest,. See Bushel

Usage

In literature:

The old fashioned meetings is busted up into a thousand different kinds of churches and only one God to look after them.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
Den dey was allus greased after de washing to keep de skin from busting open.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
No waist should draw or strain across the bust.
"Textiles and Clothing" by Kate Heintz Watson
Herschel's own bust is on the north wall; he lies side by side with Charles Darwin, near the iron gate.
"Westminster Abbey" by Mrs. A. Murray Smith
I've no desire to bust up any man, an' I don't want to be busted up myself, you bet.
"Charlie to the Rescue" by R.M. Ballantyne
You'll bust up altogidder if you goes on like dat.
"The Middy and the Moors" by R.M. Ballantyne
On edge of bust, J. WRIGHT.
"The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876" by J. F. Loubat
Donatello's contemporaries must have had the same impression, for busts of this kind are but few.
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
I didn't see no call to bust into a solo-tout with no trivial politics like a couple of drinks.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
That durned fool York done bust his laig.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
A Bust of an Empress.
"Rembrandt and His Works" by John Burnet
Dey bust out cussin', but what did a bee keer about cuss words!
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
These are the bust in Stratford Church and the frontispiece to the folio of 1623.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
But I've three busts, all second-hand, Upon the top.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
She crossed the room to a book-case and took down two bronze busts.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
Sometimes I near bust!
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
See a broncho bursted (obviously changed over from "busted").
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
In the Uffizi are a bust of St. John, a charming work, and a portrait bust of Battista Sforza.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
More than one man has busted his character chasin' that rainbow.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
But a few more busts, and those very recently executed, remain to be noticed.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
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In poetry:

Grishkin is nice: her
Russian eye is underlined for emphasis;
Uncorseted, her friendly bust
Gives promise of pneumatic bliss.
"Whispers Of Immortality" by T S Eliot
For those the sculptor's laurelled bust,
The builder's marble piles,
The anthems pealing oer their dust
Through long cathedral aisles.
"The Two Armies" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
She'd a slight squint in her left eye,
Her lips they were thin and small,
She had narrow sloping shoulders
And she had no bust at all.
"Miss Gee" by W H Auden
Agin' the chimbly crooknecks hung,
An' in amongst 'em rusted
The ole queen's-arm thet gran'ther Young
Fetched back frum Concord busted.
"High-Worthy Mister!" by James Russell Lowell
Agin the chimbley crook-necks hung,
An' in amongst 'em rusted
The ole queen's arm thet gran'ther Young
Fetched back from Concord busted.
"The Courtin'" by James Russell Lowell
Says FREDDY, "Here is goings on!
To bust myself with rage I'm ready."
"I'll be a curate!" whispers JOHN -
"And I," exclaimed poetic FREDDY.
"John and Freddy" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Top five shocking secret snacks of a food writer: Busting the disgusting.
The recent bout of marijuana busts in Stanislaus County have raised questions and remarks about the presence of drugs in schools in the community.
It's been 10 years since the dot com bust, when investors realized that everything associated with the World Wide Web wasn't going to bring you P. Since then, people have realized the web is not extraordinary.
Bust of gang offers hope for Dodge City immigrants.
Man busted after trying to deposit million- dollar bill at bank.
Judge Evans busts out the doo-wop .
Man busted for allegedly masturbating in doorway .
California's San Joaquin Valley's fertile farmland has become a doper 's paradise, top law enforcement officials said Wednesday in announcing yet another big marijuana bust connected to Mexican cartels.
The Valley's fertile farmland has become a doper 's paradise, top law enforcement officials said Wednesday in announcing yet another big marijuana bust connected to Mexican cartels.
Murray Weiss, Criminal Justice Editor for the New York Post, talks about how the Brooklyn manager of Blue Pig, a Brooklyn Heights ice cream parlor, was busted for double-charging customers' credit cards.
He should have been busted the minute he checked in for his flight at Kennedy Airport.
1804 Silver Dollar, Draped Bust ($10.1 million).
View this 1951 Chevy Five Window Busted Knuckles Driveshaft Photo 5.
Check out Russ Taylor's slammin under construction 1951 Chevy Five-Window Truck, in the Busted Knuckles department of Truckin' Magazine.
0Most people cringe when they hear about roaches in restaurants, but Mi Pueblito in Raymondville is busted with proof of the contamination.
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In science:

Choose a loop-busting subset B1 for the top loops of A∗ 0 , following some meta-level considerations, i.e.
The Equational Approach to CF2 Semantics
Choose a new loop-busting set B2 for the top loops of A1 using our metalevel considerations M.
The Equational Approach to CF2 Semantics
We define the following loop-busting semantics.
The Equational Approach to CF2 Semantics
We are allowed to choose only loop-busting sets which contain elements from top loops (as defined in Definition 21, item (1)), and which are computationally minimal absolute (as defined in Definition 26).
The Equational Approach to CF2 Semantics
We are allowed to choose only loop-busting sets containing elements from top loops (as defined in Definition 21, item (1)), and which are computational minimal relative (as defined in Definition 26).
The Equational Approach to CF2 Semantics
So this semantics busts top loops one at a time.
The Equational Approach to CF2 Semantics
The reason is that if we start with a computationally minimal relative set B , we can substitute its elements one by one following the protocol of LB4 semantics and we never bust all loops until we substitute the last element , because the set is minimal relative.
The Equational Approach to CF2 Semantics
The loop-busting sets involved in these protocols were defined in item 2 of Definition 21.
The Equational Approach to CF2 Semantics
In this case Bk is a loop buster for C ′ and makes it get a numerical value in Ak+1 . ii. C is not a top loop in Ak , in which case Bk busts some other loops and in the process of obtaining Ak+1 , C ′ disappears as all these elements get a numerical value.
The Equational Approach to CF2 Semantics
In the process we bust loops, by making loop variables equal 0.
The Equational Approach to CF2 Semantics
This is because of the requirement that the loop-busting sets in LB1 and LB3 be computationally minimal.
The Equational Approach to CF2 Semantics
The LB1, LB3 and LB4 semantics can be done by loop busting using repeatedly and recursively one element at a time.
The Equational Approach to CF2 Semantics
The LB2 semantics (which simulates CF2 and uses maximal conflict free sets) requires the use of all points of the loop busting set to be made 0 simulataneously.
The Equational Approach to CF2 Semantics
A search for aligned events has been done throughout the muon groups events measured by Baksan Underground Scintillation Telescope (BUST) during a period of 7.7 years.
Search for Aligned Events in Muon Groups Measured by BUST
In this work we performed a search for aligned events among the muon groups observed in BUST.
Search for Aligned Events in Muon Groups Measured by BUST
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