Definition of buster in English:



  • 1North American Used as a mildly disrespectful form of address to a man or boy.

    ‘like it or lump it, buster’
    • ‘I have a lot more to worry about than you, buster.’
    • ‘It's shaped like a little gargoyle who's crouching over the teapot underneath, as if to say, ‘Back off, buster!’’
    • ‘‘Well, let me tell you something, buster,’ I pointed a finger, touching his sharped, narrow nose.’
    • ‘If I find out who you are, you won't rest easy anytime I'm in the same room, buster.’
    • ‘If you think I'd fall for your line, you've got another thing going, buster!’
    • ‘One more stunt like this, buster, and you're becoming a smoker.’
    • ‘As the Belgian pulled alongside us, Tom said to him, ‘Hey, buster, we've lost our passport, and we're not in a good mood.’’
    • ‘We're going to make sure that Princess Gwen gets back at you for trying to hurt our pride… you wait and see, buster!’
    • ‘If it's good enough for Prince, it's good enough for you, buster.’
    • ‘‘Don't try to get yourself off the hook, buster,’ Nicole scolded, wagging her finger at him like an impatient mother.’
    • ‘Try walking around the block a few times, buster.’
    • ‘But don't think that gets you off the hook, buster.’
    • ‘If this is one of your pranks again, then you will find yourself in deep trouble, buster.’
    • ‘‘Then you owe me, buster,’ she muttered as she stood up from the bed.’
    • ‘‘Say that again and you'll never see the light of day again, buster,’ I said in mock threat.’
    • ‘‘That's what happens in this business, buster,’ she sniffed in disgust.’
    • ‘Now I know and, let me tell you something, buster, I'm none too pleased!’
    • ‘If you want a different sound card or a bigger hard drive, sorry, buster, you're out of luck.’
    • ‘‘Hold on, buster.’ She held out her hands to stop him.’
    man, my friend
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  • 2usually in combination A person or thing that stops or gets rid of a specified thing.

    ‘a crime-buster’
    ‘the drug's reputation as a cold-buster’
    • ‘Listening to classical music can have therapeutic effects and is a great stress buster.’
    • ‘I also began using exercise as a stress buster to boost my mood.’
    • ‘‘As the police monitor the criminals,’ we commented in February, ‘the rest of the city will be watching to see if this experiment is framing up to be a real crime buster.’’
    • ‘That's still a budget buster for many families.’
    • ‘It's unlikely that Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn has the horsepower to be the myth buster Hutchison could have been.’
    • ‘On 10 October 2000, Margery L. Young of Ontario, N.Y., received a patent for her kernel buster.’
    • ‘Exercise has become the favourite stress buster for many.’
    • ‘As an added incentive, let us also point out that every variety of the art is a great stress buster; it leaves you feeling great and in fabulous shape.’
    • ‘But professional vocal coaches can be a real budget buster!’
    • ‘Corsham litter buster Eddy Lodge will have her hours extended so she can continue to keep the streets spick and span.’
    • ‘On top of that, what a morale buster would it be to see your ‘weaker colleague’ being tortured?’
    • ‘This article calls the hoo-ha over the filibuster a Trojan horse - it's the elimination of judicial review that's the constitution buster.’
    • ‘He was a virulent racist and a union buster.’
    • ‘What he gives the Packers is more of a seam buster in the middle of the field.’
    • ‘Nicknamed ‘The Bullet’ because of his speed and intensity, Adams is the wedge buster on the Eagles' kickoff teams.’
    • ‘Steeped in history, this vast expanse of beautiful tree-lined avenues has turned into a major stress buster for its denizens: a transformation over the last five years.’
    • ‘The trouble has been that the seemingly flimsy excuse for a bread product really can be a diet buster.’
    • ‘Focusing on the combat operations and daily life of one unit - the 9th Guards Fighter Division - Loza refutes the myth that the P - 39 was used mainly as a tank buster or as flying artillery.’
    • ‘Do you know anyone on the base that qualifies to man the tank buster?’
    • ‘I've installed a lovely cheeky picture of baby as the screen saver on my PC, this is a good stress buster, but also keeps reminding about her during the day, so I get pangs of missing her more.’
  • 3A notable or impressive person or thing.

    • ‘You could manually think of 1000s of applicable keywords, but such would be a brain buster.’
    • ‘This road buster won the junior boys' 800m and 1500m.’
    • ‘He dove to the outside, but Batista caught him with a spine buster on the floor.’
    • ‘Fuming and fussing, Larroquette knows exactly how to produce a mildly funny line into a gut buster.’
    • ‘He hit the flying forearm on Test, a spine buster on Matt, and a uranage on Test.’
    • ‘Every OEM is looking for the segment buster, that new vehicle that will shock the industry.’
    1. 3.1 A violent gale.
      • ‘A severe southerly buster has wind speeds exceeding gale force (17 m s[-1]) and poses a threat to human safety.’
      • ‘At the other extreme, there is the guy who puts out in a hot-water boat at the height of a southerly buster, a cold, wet wind with maximum ‘grunt’, just in case someone is in trouble.’
      • ‘In Sydney, NSW, Australia these events are known as southerly busters.’
      storm, tempest, squall, hurricane, tornado, cyclone, typhoon, whirlwind, superstorm
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