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verb [transitive] informal     bust pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebusting
past tensebusted or bust
past participlebusted or bust
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  1. 2
    [usually passive] if someone is busted, they are arrested, especially for offenses relating to drugs
    bust someone for something:

    He’s been busted for drug trafficking.

  2. 3
    American to give someone in the military a lower rank as a punishment

    He was busted to buck private.

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    bust a move/some moves to dance

    Dermot is busting some moves for 24 hours, all in aid of Comic Relief.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/03/2015

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