Adjective "bust" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A woman's chest as measured around her breasts.
  1. '‘I'm only a 32B so having a bigger bust would make me feel happier in my clothes,’ she said.'
  2. 'The study, published today in the British Medical Journal, used data included in the magazine covering height, weight and measurements for bust, waist and hip size.'
  3. 'She revealed her new 34JJ bust last Saturday on Cosmetic Surgery Live, shown on Five.'
  4. 'Imagine you completely mess up her measurements and overestimate her bust or waist?'
  5. 'While tags on Dunnes Stores' garments usually contain the bust, waist or hip measurements, most of the dimensions had to be gleaned from sizing charts on various retailers' websites.'
  6. 'You can order something, buy it, and then it comes, and it's 50 times better than you thought it ever was, or it could be a big bust.'
  7. 'a woman with big hips and a big bust'
  8. 'But, I can't wear dresses with a deep V-neck or a seam under the bust because I have no chest!'
  9. 'If your bust measurement is a full size larger or smaller than the pattern, blend the adjustment line from the waistline to the bustline of the next size.'
  10. 'She finally chose a cheetah top that fit closely and showed off her small stomach and made her bust look bigger.'
  11. 'The 19-year-old from Withington is waiting to finish university before having a bust enhancement.'
  12. 'The beautiful actress had her bust size reduced from a massive 34DD to a 34D because she was sick of men leering over them.'
  13. 'We may be dismayed that a 15-year-old feels her sense of worth rests on the size of her bust, but haven't 15-year-old girls always felt like this?'
  14. 'We are all beautiful in our own way and don't even realise it, you don't have to be thin with big busts to make it in the world or even just to feel good.'
  15. 'Gabe sat up rigidly and attempted to help Sara through a frame that was about two sizes too small for someone with as impressive of a bust as her.'
  16. 'Secondly, to get your correct cup measurement: With your bra on, measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust.'
  17. '‘She's around here somewhere,’ he replied, looking over to a horribly dressed girl with a big bust.'
A sculpture of a person's head, shoulders, and chest.
  1. 'It was this picture that formed the basis for American sculptor Paul Granlund's busts of Ramanujan, created in 1987 for the Ramanujan Centennial Year.'
  2. 'Little is known of the obscure sculptor who executed the bust.'
  3. 'Casters make commemorative or memorial busts and figures specially ordered and designed by clients.'
  4. 'But I knew they existed, all right - and not just plaques and statues but even a bust in Westminster Abbey.'
  5. 'More than 70 marble, bronze, terracotta and plaster busts and life-size sculptures are on display together for the first time in nearly two centuries.'
  6. 'Noble sentiment orchestrates the canvas, which was executed for the subject of the sculpted bust on the pedestal, Dr. Upton Scott.'
  7. 'The busts feel sculptural and classical; the painting seems like an homage to a monumental past.'
  8. 'Although he made some figures in his earlier idiom, his later sculptures were mainly portrait busts.'
  9. 'The Brock Prize consists of $40,000 cash and a sculpted bust of Sequoyah, the only person known to have created an alphabet.'
  10. 'Sculptures, moulds, busts, dentures, imprints and masks of Washington's face and body will be scanned with lasers.'


Break, split, or burst.
  1. figurative 'the film bust every box office record'
  2. 'For those who cannot afford the machines, Mr Saville recommended practical allergy busting solutions like vacuuming mattresses, pillow covers and sheets to kill the dust mites.'
  3. 'Council house rents in Rotherham are to rise by an average of 5.5 per cent - an inflation busting increase on the heels of an 8.3 per cent rise last year.'
  4. 'Then one night, a soldier busts my front door in, drunk from the victory parties.'
  5. 'The new techniques combine the use of clot busting drugs with clot macerating devices to break up the clot in the leg.'
  6. 'Already he's five ahead of where the Cardinals man was when he busted Babe Ruth's 34-year record.'
  7. 'An emphatic ‘no,’ we discover - busting a generic stereotype wide open.'
  8. 'Their shows suck, their toys bust too easily and games nowadays just don't have the same imagination.'
  9. 'They would need to bust the enemy lines wide open.'
  10. 'I fell, and broke my leg in two places, and completely busted my wrist.'
  11. 'He didn't waste time trying to pick the lock, he busted the door in one burst of adrenalin.'
  12. 'now they've bust up, she won't inherit the house'
  13. 'I got a big head and couldn't handle it, then my marriage busted up and I almost went nuts.'
  14. 'Once, in the Phillips neighborhood, Shiz says, he was hanging out and smoking pot in a friend's backyard when cops busted up the gathering and encouraged a rookie to beat him up.'
  15. 'Another chance to bust up the happy couple is thrown away.'
  16. 'One wonders how an ad might read when the relationship inevitably busts up.'
  17. 'She looked quite good, which is nice as her and her partner of many years busted up recently after a succession of late night screaming matches that clearly penetrated the floor/ceiling separating our respective flats.'
  18. 'men hired to bust up union rallies'
  19. 'The company is refusing to bargain in good faith with the union and trying to bust it by preventing a first contract.'
  20. 'They are clearly seeking to bust the unions in a state that is already less than 4 percent unionized.'
  21. 'The system hummed along for the best part of 100 years delivering practical outcomes with bipartisan support until the neo-conservative ethos of union busting was imported into this country.'
  22. 'They have used globalization of the economy to bust unions, to keep wages low, to keep benefits low, and that's had an impact on a lot of workers.'
  23. 'The government should revise its definition of anti-social behaviour and target crimes such as war, racism, corporate greed, environmental abuse, union busting, civil rights abuses, and arms dealing.'
  24. 'We are sending a loud and clear message: ‘Union busting no way!’'
  25. 'They are also protesting the company's union busting tactics.'
  26. 'It's certainly ironic that the ultimate union-buster has been ambushed by another powerful exercise in union busting, albeit one more subtly executed without dogs and balaclavas.'
  27. 'His nose had dried blood all over it, and his lips were busted open.'
  28. 'It bothered him a great deal that I would want to be with Marcus more then him and he made it a game to taunt at me about my past until I didn't know whether to burst into tears or bust his nose.'
  29. 'Caleb twisted himself around once more and kicked Riley in the face, slipping open his lips and busting his nose, causing blood to spill forth from each orifice.'
  30. 'Passport control officers entered the train, and immediately started busting the chops of everyone in our cabin.'
  31. 'Maybe I busted my lip open last night when I collapsed on the floor.'
  32. 'He then pounded Eddie some more busting him open and left in the low rider.'
  33. 'I don't remember sitting down. Unfortunately, my blankets protect me and I do not bust my head open on the bed post.'
  34. 'she busted out of prison'
  35. 'Most certainly, this dainty little madam busted out of garden cultivation to spread fast and loose.'
  36. 'With the rainy season soon about to be busting out all over, however, he is likely to have other, equally urgent, priorities thrust upon him.'
  37. 'A serial bank robber busts out of prison, with a federal cop as an accidental hostage.'
  38. 'I think it's so wonderful that this is what's busting out.'
  39. 'Can you bust out of a jail cell with dynamite?'
  40. 'A soldier busts out of an outpost and you gun him down before he can do the same to you.'
  41. 'Solid citizens with stiffs don't lose any worse if a 17 is improved, and there seems to be a good chance that the dealer, drawing, will bust and pay everyone.'
  42. 'Seems staying pat and not busting, especially with a 16 against a seven, is the smarter play.'
  43. 'Note that if the player busts he loses, even if the dealer also busts (therefore Blackjack favors the dealer).'
(of the police) raid or search (premises where illegal activity is suspected)
  1. 'In August 2001, the Delhi Police busted an international illegal exchange in Jasola Vihar.'
  2. 'Immigration police last week busted an international drug ring operating out of Naklua, arresting five people, two Thais and three Malaysians.'
  3. 'Presumably the local sausage pusher whom they buy from keeps getting busted by the police for selling sausages to children, or something.'
  4. 'She was later released, then arrested again (along with a dozen others) when police busted a house orgy a week later.'
  5. 'Armed police have busted two drug houses just metres from two Bay school playgrounds - seizing 200 cannabis plants and making five arrests.'
  6. 'He was on the run after Singapore police busted an earlier plot to bomb Western embassies there.'
  7. 'If he isn't, why do the police keep busting his home?'
  8. 'We have heard that the first clan-labs were busted by the police in about 1998.'
  9. 'Whether the police actually busted the premises, remains unknown.'
  10. 'Back in 1996 we saw the first clandestine P laboratory busted by the police.'
  11. 'two roadies were busted for drugs'
  12. 'A few weeks ago, he was busted for possession of marijuana at school.'
  13. 'He was busted for using fake checks to buy pizzas, but they knew if they could just identify him, he'd be good for a lot more crime across the country.'
  14. 'The police busted them for squatting within a fortnight.'
  15. 'Employees at a morgue in India have been busted for allowing local traders to store fish (meant for consumption) in among their dead bodies.'
  16. 'Around that time, he was busted for possession of marijuana and spent two years in prison.'
  17. 'They are undercover police officers trying to bust drug smugglers.'
  18. 'Not testing is cheaper and easier than testing, and your athletes are much less likely to be busted for doping.'
  19. 'Inspector Minks, who busted him at an illegal rave for drugs possession, has other ideas.'
  20. 'In December, 1999, Gaffney was busted for stealing some cash and a gold watch.'
  21. 'I sneaked up on them and told them they were busted'
  22. 'That soldier had already been busted to El and was on the short list for an administrative discharge.'
  23. 'He gets busted down to the ranks for accidentally winging a hostage.'
  24. 'Eastwood plays ex-Lieutenant Kelly, who was busted down to private as a scapegoat for a failed mission.'


A period of economic difficulty or depression.
  1. 'Consequently, this leads to a fall in real output, i.e., to an economic bust.'
  2. 'Likewise recessions or economic busts are set in motion if people suddenly change their psychology and stop spending.'
  3. 'And how bad would the tech bust have been if the bubble hadn't been so big?'
  4. 'Cold Wars, Hot Wars, economic booms and busts, the rapacious scramble for resources: we hear the warnings of countries, the shouts of other countries in greedy triumph.'
  5. 'We are not in recovery; it is nothing more than a little boom that ultimately will turn into a bigger bust.'
  6. 'Your correspondent is old enough to have actually participated in the economic booms and busts of the last 40 odd years, housing included.'
  7. 'More recently we have relied on consumer spending to prop up the economy during the bust.'
  8. 'It is a cynical camouflage for problems caused by the boom and bust rhythm of capitalism, and the bosses' insistence that profits come before people.'
  9. 'Big bucks can make for a big bang, but they can all to easily lead to a big bust.'
  10. 'Economic cycles follow a pattern; the most basic pattern is boom, bust, boom, bust.'
A raid or arrest by the police.
  1. 'She says immigrant women would be reluctant to trust an agency that accompanies police on busts.'
  2. 'There have also been big busts, however, in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Malawi, Nigeria and Tanzania.'
  3. 'The bust was made after police received a tip from the public.'
  4. 'In the ensuing media fracas, McAvoy's bust has rivalled Jordan's for the number of column inches generated.'
  5. 'If the big guy isn't caught, the bust does very little to end his drug operation.'
  6. 'When a cornered drug dealer aims his pistol at the officers during a bust, they return fire, killing him instantly.'
  7. 'He was also usually the one who got in the police's way when they were trying to make a bust.'
  8. 'In addition to last April's bust, Hengchun police said last summer they also arrested drug users at Baishawan, a secluded beach they believe to be a favorite spot for ecstasy users.'
  9. 'The Tasty Bust Reunion also features ten years since the famous police bust in Melbourne.'
  10. 'The current rash of raids and busts on bars that showcase objectionable entertainment is making some of our tourists itch.'
A worthless thing.
  1. 'He has been the biggest bust after starring for the Padres.'
  2. 'Or will Brown continue to be one of the league's biggest busts?'
  3. 'Between 1990 and 2000, 12 of the 21 quarterbacks taken in the first round were busts, by my definition of the term.'
  4. 'We all know Kwame Brown is a bust on the court.'
  5. 'On the other hand the big bang has been turning out to be a big bust.'
  6. 'There is no pressure for him to succeed, for the consensus is that he's one of the biggest first-round busts in recent memory.'
  7. 'Rice obviously isn't the player he was in Miami or Charlotte, and the big contract New York gave him looks like a long-term bust.'
  8. 'The biggest early bust of the college basketball season?'
  9. 'The team expects bigger things from LHP Ricardo Rincon, a major bust last season after he was acquired from Pittsburgh for OF Brian Giles.'
  10. 'He would have been the biggest bust on this side of sector nine, but he got away.'
A violent blow.
  1. 'And a bust on the chops (for I would let him take the first swing) would be absolutely worth it if he got put away.'


Damaged or broken.
  1. 'If you want to replace busted Volvo lights, service tool kit can help you do the job without a fuss.'
  2. 'Her face was bleeding with a bust lip and swollen eye.'
  3. 'She started me, I jumped up, I got one of my dizzy spells, and she gave me a bust lip and probably a black eye.'
  4. 'This, incidentally, is also the case if you do a ‘repair’ to fix a bust system - not exactly friendly.'
  5. 'A couple of the white guys had black eyes or a bust lip.'
  6. 'With one punch I was on the floor with a bust nose.'
  1. 'So why is California, with its $1.3 trillion economy, going bust?'
  2. 'The company went bust with 30,000 people losing their jobs and £40 million of debt.'
  3. 'After all what is the value of a bust recruitment company with no contracts?'
  4. 'If the Government hadn't reversed some of the Bacon measures in the Budget, building firms would have gone bust by now.'
  5. 'The technology and computer sector recorded 27 failures, while 27 bars, restaurants and food outlets also went bust during the period.'
  6. 'It's the fact that the heady rush of patriotism helps mask the hangover of a bubble economy gone bust.'
  7. 'The inflated value of the peso helped maintain an illusion of prosperity long after the economic boom had gone bust.'
  8. 'Many companies have gone bust because they have failed to do so.'
  9. 'If police forces were to go bust, Lancashire would be one of them.'
  10. 'It's rare that an airline will go bust overnight, but it's still a good idea to know your options.'


1. a sculptured, painted, drawn, or engraved representation of the upper part of the human figure, especially a portrait sculpture showing only the head and shoulders of the subject.

2. the chest or breast, especially a woman's bosom.

More examples(as adjective)

"dairies can be bust in months."

"contractors can be bust in/at/on years."

"wholesalers can be bust in months."

"stocks can be bust in dates."

"stations can be bust amid wars."

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(bust)Mid 18th century (originally US, as a noun in the sense ‘an act of bursting or splitting’): variant of burst.


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