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bust2

 
pronunciation:
buhst
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun, adjective
phrases:
bust up
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: busted, busting, busts
definition 1: (informal) to break or burst.
The surfboard crashed into the rocks and busted.The balloon will bust if you squeeze it.
synonyms:
break, burst, rip, tear
similar words:
rupture, sever, split
definition 2: to become penniless.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: (informal) to break or make inoperative.
He fell and busted his leg.I accidentally busted his cell phone.
synonyms:
break, destroy, ruin, sunder, wreck
similar words:
cleave, dismember, rive, rupture, sever, tear
definition 2: to make poor; destroy financially.
His foolish gamble busted him.
synonyms:
bankrupt, break, impoverish
similar words:
damage, degrade, diminish, impair, ruin
definition 3: to force an end to; break up.
The company tried to bust the union.
synonyms:
break, destroy, terminate
similar words:
disintegrate, end, stop
definition 4: (informal) to reduce in rank.
The sergeant was busted down to a private.
synonyms:
degrade, demote, downgrade
antonyms:
promote
similar words:
depose, divest, lower, reduce, strip
definition 5: (informal) to arrest, or to catch in wrongdoing.
He was making money selling drugs until the cops busted him.She was skipping school and got busted by a teacher.
synonyms:
apprehend, arrest, capture, collar
similar words:
catch, detain, hold, imprison, incarcerate, pinch, seize
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phrase: bust up
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: (informal) a plan that has proved to be unsuccessful; flop.
The attempt was a total bust.
synonyms:
defeat, disaster, failure, fiasco, fizzle, flop
similar words:
botch, disappointment, frustration, mess, muff
definition 2: a period or condition of economic depression.
The economy alternated between boom and bust.
synonyms:
depression, recession
similar words:
decline, deflation, downfall, downturn, failure, hardship, slump
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: (informal) bankrupt.
The company went bust last year.
synonyms:
bankrupt, broke, penniless
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