Definition of bust a gut in English:

bust a gut

phrase

informal
  • 1Make a strenuous effort:

    ‘a problem which nobody is going to bust a gut trying to solve’
    • ‘You are the one they look up to and try hard to impress, you are the one they will bust a gut for, you are the one they will run to when they've fallen down.’
    • ‘For their part, the players are excited by the challenge, and plan to go that extra mile, run their legs off and bust a gut for the team in their application to teaching.’
    • ‘One doctor said: ‘We've all busted a gut for him and we are trying to make sure we can do the right thing.’’
    • ‘I busted a gut to raise that money, to give myself the opportunity to climb the seven mountains.’
    • ‘But my concern is that our strikers should be busting a gut to score goals like that and I feel a lot of their problems are that too much work is done outside the area.’
    • ‘I've just been busting a gut to get everything done before I go to NY tomorrow.’
    • ‘A fantastic player, a good manager, an Irishman and a guy who would bust a gut for Ireland.’
    • ‘You cannot play this game with nine or ten men busting a gut and a few others standing around watching them.’
    • ‘Sometimes we feel it's fair to give somebody a chance, sometimes it's to reward players who have bust a gut in training to improve themselves.’
    • ‘We win together and we lose together and I knew they would be busting a gut to get the car perfect as quickly as was safely possible.’
    try, attempt, venture, undertake, aspire, aim, seek, set out
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  • 2Laugh very heartily:

    ‘his facial expressions and ad libs were enough to get audiences to bust a gut’
    • ‘I almost bust a gut watching that comedy sketch a couple of weeks ago.’
    • ‘The boys at the Harvard Club busted a gut over that gag!’
    • ‘What I saw almost made me bust a gut laughing.’
    • ‘We bust a gut and spilled our coffee and almost choked to death when we read this.’
    • ‘Glancing into the audience I saw Papa just about to bust a gut laughing.’
    • ‘Why think an awards show can make you bust a gut?’
    • ‘Sure, Mr. Burns was cute in a grandfatherly way, but who ever busted a gut laughing at a cigar smoking septagenerian who weighs 70 pounds soaking wet?’
    • ‘The dog eating the squeaky toy was simply too much… I nearly bust a gut.’
    • ‘I never went five minutes without busting a gut.’
    • ‘Good Lord, I nearly busted a gut laughing!’
    chuckle, chortle, guffaw, giggle, titter, snigger, snicker, cackle, howl, roar, tee-hee, burst out laughing, hoot with laughter, roar with laughter, shake with laughter, be convulsed with laughter, dissolve into laughter, split one's sides, hold one's sides, be doubled up
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