1. (US campus) to fail an examination.
|College Words (rev. edn) 49: burst. To fail in reciting; to make a bad recitation.|
2. to spend one’s money lavishly, to go out on a spree.
|DSUE (8th edn) 161/1: from ca. 1890.|
3. to beat up; usu. as a threat, e.g. I’ll burst him!
|‘True Principles of Milling’ in Corinthian in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) IV 57: Like a great log, never fall on your for / [...] / Nor e’er burst the man that you can never beat.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 11 Apr. 12/3: ‘Colonel, have your troops kept the provisions safe?’ […] ‘Safe as a house, Sir Gerald – they have them concealed about their persons!’ Sir Gerald (aloud): ‘Noble fellows!’ (Aside): ‘The devil burst them!’.|
|(con. 1850s) Malachi Horan Remembers 23: ‘There’s Him that will punish you better than the law.’ He warned his men: ‘Don’t burst or tell.’.|
|All Night Stand 123: Sit down or I’ll bleedin’ bairst ya.|
|A Life (1981) Act I: Me da’ll find out and burst me.|
|Commitments 107: I have to go home. – Me ma will burst me.|
|(con. 1970) Dazzling Dark I v: So watch your face or I’ll burst you.Danti-Dan in McGuinness|
|Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 241: I’ll fooken boorst ye for dat.|
|Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] Don’t even think about that, because I’ll burst your face wide open if you’re lying to me.|
SE in slang uses
(Aus.) to go on a spending spree.
|‘Prince Albert’s Fashion’ at warrenfahey.com [Internet] They never bust or blue their cheques / At shanties on the track.|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 33: ‘Busting a cheque’ is not necessarily going on the debauch or booze. A man might burst up his cheque with the store-keeper. The sense of bust is to break up or cash the cheque, but is mostly understood as leaving the cheque with the publican till he says it is spent.|
see under crust n.1
see under boiler n.1
see under soul-case n.
to become over-excited or over-emotional.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
an excl. of annoyance, confound him! the hell with her! etc.
|Londinismen (2nd edn).|
(US black teen) an excl. of surprise, astonishment, annoyance etc.
|‘A Secretary’s Duties- a Ducktales story’ on LambdaPsiPhi [Internet] Dictate something?! Young woman, you have got to be But – but – you couldn’t possibly have written – Burst me bagpipes!|