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1‘a woman with a large bust’
chest, bosom, breasts
technical mammary glands, mammae
informal boobs, boobies, tits, titties, knockers, bazookas, melons, jubblies, bubbies, orbs, globes, jugs
British informal bristols, charlies, baps
North American informal bazooms, casabas, chichis, hooters
Australian informal norks
archaic dugs, paps, embonpoint
2‘a bust of Julius Caesar’
sculpture, carving, effigy, three-dimensional representation
statue, torso, head
1‘he had bust the clip that held the lid up’
break, crack, snap, fracture, shatter, smash, smash to smithereens, fragment, splinter
disintegrate, fall to bits, fall to pieces
split, burst, rupture
tear, rend, sever, separate, divide
2‘he promised to bust the mafia’
overthrow, destroy, bring about the downfall of, topple, bring down, bring low, ruin, break, overturn, overcome, defeat, purge, get rid of, oust, unseat, dislodge, eject, supplant
3‘two roadies were busted for drugs’
4‘my apartment got busted’
raid, search, make a search of, swoop on, make a raid on
‘his haulage business went bust and he owes £120,000’
fail, collapse, crash, go under, founder, be ruined, cave in
go bankrupt, become insolvent, cease trading, go into receivership, go into liquidation, be liquidated, be wound up
go broke, go bump, go to the wall, go belly up, come a cropper, flop, flatline
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