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1‘one balloon burst’
split open, burst open, break open, tear open, rupture, crack, fracture, fragment, shatter, shiver, fly open
literary tear asunder, rend asunder
2‘a shell burst a short distance away’
explode, blow up, detonate, go off, be set off, land
informal go bang
3‘smoke, dust, and heat burst through the hole’
break, erupt, surge, gush, rush, stream, flow, pour, cascade, spill
sweep, spout, spurt, jet, spew, discharge, roll, whirl
4‘he burst into the room without knocking’
plunge, charge, barge, shove, plough, lurch, hurtle, career, rush, dash, tear
5‘she burst into tears’
break out in, launch into, erupt in, have a fit of
1‘damage to tyres by punctures and bursts’
rupture, breach, split, blowout
2‘the mortar bursts were further away than before’
explosion, detonation, blast, discharge, eruption, bang
3‘a burst of anger’
outbreak, outburst, eruption, flare-up, explosion, blow-up, blast, blaze, attack, fit, spasm, paroxysm, access, rush, gale, flood, storm, hurricane, torrent, outpouring, surge, upsurge, spurt, effusion, outflow, outflowing, welling up
rare ebullition, boutade
4‘a burst of gunfire’
volley, salvo, fusillade, barrage, discharge, shower, spray, hail, rain
1‘‘Well, I don't care!’ she burst out angrily’
exclaim, blurt out, ejaculate, cry out, call out, shout, yell
2‘he burst out crying’
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