One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Play music in the street or other public place for voluntary donations.‘the group began by busking on Philadelphia sidewalks’‘years of busking had taught him how to hold a crowd’
- ‘Shoppers couldn't believe their eyes when they spotted a world-famous band busking in a Manchester street.’
- ‘The pair often went out busking in various towns, individually and together, but soon realised it was when they played together that the crowds built up.’
- ‘At 19 he moved to London where he developed his idiosyncratic style while busking in the London Underground.’
- ‘I'll probably make more money busking if I take him along with me.’
- ‘Now in the business for over 13 years, Kíla have come a long way since they started busking on the streets.’
- ‘I have sung it in schools, at conferences, even busking.’
- ‘Anton came over to him when he was busking for the new orphanage that he is intending to build in Kenya, and promised his support to the project.’
- ‘There was the coin throwing, maybe meant as a donation to my busking I think.’
- ‘Before his career took off he did several odd jobs to pay the rent - busking on London's underground and peeling potatoes in a fish and chip shop.’
- ‘Three months ago he was unemployed, busking on the mean streets of Glasgow and Edinburgh to scrape together a living.’
- ‘Soon after her return she saw a group of street musicians busking in the Latin Quarter.’
- ‘But he is just as likely to be spotted busking on a Senegalese street corner.’
- ‘In fact, they stand to make less than they would busking on the street.’
- ‘Marc has become as much a part of city centre landscape as the cathedral after 18 years busking on the streets.’
- ‘Musicians of all kinds were busking and selling their music on CD, also there were live puppet shows.’
- ‘Apparently he busked on Grafton Street with his African hand-drum!’
- ‘There was a South American band busking, the type with the pan pipes, flutes and drums.’
- ‘Mr Robinson said he had been horrified to watch the Boxing Day disaster unfold and was desperate to raise money from busking as he could not afford to give any cash himself.’
- ‘If you want free music go down to the street corner and listen to the man busking for loose change.’
- ‘Some songs were written while in high school; some were written while busking on the streets of Seattle.’
2busk itinformal Improvise.
- ‘He busks it for a few seconds and then apologises for having to refer to his notes, written on a small, folded piece of paper, which he is holding.’
- ‘I ended up busking it because he was that desperate to do it.’
- ‘Mary Lou's new album finds her back on the tracks busking and belting.’
- ‘It was more I was fed up with busking it, which you are not really allowed to say if you are a doctor.’
- ‘I think we'll set off for France and just busk it.’
- ‘It was to march into situations with nothing more than your bus fare home, and busk it.’
- ‘What seems to me disturbing is that they appear not really to have considered how to go about government at all before actually taking power, and have been busking it like their kickbacks depended on it.’
- ‘The dice tells us to write a song and busk it in public the following day.’
- ‘Goldsmith's opinion has the look and feel of a very clever lawyer busking it, with the best help he can get from some other non-authoritative lawyers.’
- ‘‘Basically the Prime Minister had to busk it because he wasn't sure what different parts of the Government were saying,’ said another.’
Mid 17th century: from obsolete French busquer ‘seek’, from Italian buscare or Spanish buscar, of Germanic origin. Originally in nautical use in the sense ‘cruise about, tack’, the term later meant ‘go about selling things’, hence ‘go about performing’ (mid 19th century).
A stay or stiffening strip for a corset.
- ‘A corset busk consists of two long pieces of steel, one with steel knobs and the other one steel loops/eyes.’
- ‘I run a small cottage industry in Edinburgh, Scotland, hand making corset bones and corset busks.’
- ‘These busks are flexible and create a smooth curved front to the corset whilst providing very firm structure and closure.’
Late 16th century: from French busc, from Italian busco ‘splinter’ (related to French bûche ‘log’), of Germanic origin.
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