Medicare's pilot programs, into which much hope had been poured, turned out to mostly be a bust.
It would be like midnight ‘til we’d be able to bust out a guitar and drums.
The legislation, seen as the latest attempt to bust powerful unions, is likely to go into effect in March.
Yes, the record of the 2000s looks better if you treat the bust as some kind of exogenous event caused by overbearing government.
bust UP the BIG BANKS,” told me that posters like hers “just draw more attention and show more effort.
"Rope him, and put a saddle on him and bust him," they called resoundingly.
Some called him Tom Sawyer the Traveler, and that just swelled him up fit to bust.
The cause—the fust cause—the great cause—the cause of our being a nation—the nation; yes, bust me, the nation—is—what?
When she took off her vail, she displayed a bust of the most attractive beauty.
"Then I'll bust Cresswell's head for him inside of twenty-four hours," exclaimed Sanders.
1690s, "sculpture of upper torso and head," from French buste (16c.), from Italian busto "upper body," from Latin bustum "funeral monument, tomb," originally "funeral pyre, place where corpses are burned," perhaps shortened from ambustum, neuter of ambustus "burned around," past participle of amburere "burn around, scorch," from ambi- "around" + urere "to burn." Or perhaps from Old Latin boro, the early form of classical Latin uro "to burn." Sense development in Italian is probably from Etruscan custom of keeping dead person's ashes in an urn shaped like the person when alive. Meaning "bosom" is by 1884.
variant of burst (n.), 1764, American English. For loss of -r-, cf. ass (n.2). Originally "frolic, spree;" sense of "sudden failure" is from 1842. Meaning "police raid or arrest" is from 1938. Phrase ______ or bust as an emphatic expression attested by 1851 in British depictions of Western U.S. dialect. Probably from earlier expression bust (one's) boiler, by late 1840s, a reference to steamboat boilers exploding when driven too hard.
"to burst," 1806, variant of burst (v.); for loss of -r-, cf. ass (n.2). Meaning "go bankrupt" is from 1834. Meaning "break into" is from 1859. The slang meaning "demote" (especially in a military sense) is from 1918; that of "place under arrest" is from 1953 (earlier "to raid" from Prohibition). In card games, "to go over a score of 21," from 1939. Related: Busted; busting.