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ball-breaker

Someone who deliberately gives others a hard time, is very demanding, or is insulting. Can be considered vulgar slang. John's boss, Mark, is quite the ball-breaker. After completing the project ahead of time and under budget, Mark ordered John to work through the weekend to finish up other meaningless tasks.

ball-buster

1. Someone who deliberately gives others a hard time, is very demanding, or is insulting. Can be considered vulgar. John's boss, Mark, is quite the ball-buster. After completing the project ahead of time and under budget, Mark ordered John to work through the weekend to finish up other meaningless tasks.
2. A particularly challenging or strenuous task. Geez, that problem was a real ball-buster—I can't believe we finally came up with a solution.
3. A woman that men deem intimidating or threatening. Oh, the guys just think Nora's a ball-buster because she's not afraid of them.

blockbuster

1. noun Something, typically a movie or book, that is very popular and makes a large profit. The movie looked so stupid in the previews, but it turned out to be a real blockbuster.
2. adjective Describing something that experiences such popularity and financial success. Our studio stands to profit from the release of another blockbuster film this summer.

buster

1. A generic term of address for a male. Listen buster, if you keep starting trouble like this, the police are going to arrest you sooner than later.
2. slang A pejorative term for someone regarded as falsely or overly confident and aggressive. That kid's a buster, he's no threat to us.

conk-buster

1. Cheap liquor or alcohol. You must really want to get drunk tonight if you keep drinking that conk-buster—it's disgusting!
2. A challenging situation or problem. Well, that's a conk-buster—I don't know if a mathematician could even solve it!

skull-buster

1. slang An intensely painful headache or migraine. It started as just a twinge of pain in my forehead, but by the end of the day I was in the throes a full-blown skull-buster. It was a great night, but I woke up with a real skull-buster and the worst nausea of my life.
2. slang Something very confusing, complicated, or puzzling. A: "There just doesn't seem to be a way we can reach our quotas without going over budget." B: "It's a skull-buster, to be sure." I love trying to figure out the crosswords in the newspaper each Sunday. Today's is a total skull-buster!

gangbusters

Successful. Oh, presenting the case to the students was gangbusters—they got totally engrossed in trying to the solve the mystery.
See also: gangbuster

ball-breaker

and ball-buster
1. n. a difficult task; a difficult or trying situation requiring extremely hard work or effort. (Usually objectionable.) That whole construction job was a real ball-breaker. Why should moving furniture end up being such a ball-buster?
2. n. a hard taskmaster; a hard-to-please boss. (Usually objectionable.) Tom gets a day’s work for a day’s pay out of his men, but he’s no ball-breaker. My boss is a ball-buster, but he pays well.
3. n. a female who is threatening to males. (Usually objectionable.) Mrs. Samuels has a terrible reputation as a “ball-breaker.” Wholly deserved, I might add.

ball-buster

verb

blockbuster

1. n. something enormous, especially a movie or book that attracts a large audience. That blockbuster should make about twenty million.
2. mod. exciting and successful. With a blockbuster novel like that in print, you should make quite a bundle.

conk-buster

and konk-buster (ˈkɔŋkbəstɚ)
1. n. inferior liquor. Jed kept a jar of conk-buster under his bed against night sweats.
2. n. a hard-to-answer question or problem. Man, what you’re asking is really a conk-buster.

konk-buster

verb

gangbusters

(ˈgæŋbəstɚz)
n. a wild, busy, and successful event. (see also like gangbusters.) Our party was truly gangbusters, for sure.
See also: gangbuster

kidney-buster

1. n. a rough ride; a rough road. This road is a kidney-buster. I wish they’d fix it.
2. n. an uncomfortable or poorly built seat in a vehicle. This kidney-buster is going to ruin my back.

skull-buster

and skull-popper
1. n. a difficult course in school or college. The course was a skull-buster, and I had to drop it.
2. n. a police officer. (Refers to the striking of skulls.) Two skull-poppers came up and started asking questions.
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The Buster combines bone-crushing power with penetration; it's ideal for hunting hogs-or for bear, moose, bison, buffalo, and other large game.
"We commissioned the Buster models to be made as prizes for the show and they've proved to be a big hit.
AFTER 100 YEARS of being represented by a cartoon boy and his dog, the Buster Brown shoe brand set out looking for a new face or, more accurately, five new faces.
1926: The Buster Brown Radio Club hits the airwaves, broadcasting a one-hour program twice a week.
1943: A children's radio show, "The Buster Brown Gang with Smilin' Ed McConnell," is launched.
1945: McConnell introduces the Buster Brown comic book, free with a purchase of shoes.
On a lighter note, one business venture that also went wrong was the Buster Bloodvessel keep-fit video.
As he documents in The Baby Bust, Americans born between 1965 and 1976 (numbering 44 million) fall into the buster generation, also known as "Generation X" or "twentysomethings." Their arrival was heralded most notably by a radical drop-off in the school population during the 1960s and 1970s, contrasting with the expansion during the boomer period.
Likewise, when a Boomer says to a Boomer, "Would you mind?" the anticipated answer is, "No, of course not." However, when a Boomer says to a Buster, "This needs to be done," the Buster hears an observation, not an order.
With our trio just the right age for the Buster Brown experience--all in elementary school--we send them off daily in a Girls Mary Jane, Boys Oxford, and Boys Boot, respectively.
The Busters, whose communication style is direct (That's not my problem"), enraged the Boomers.
The Boomers could not understand why the Busters evaporated at exactly 5:00 p.m.
Quoting from interviews with busters and from many published sources, Dunn outlines the needs and characteristics of the busters. He compares cultural tastes and lifestyles of boomers and busters -- more busters live at home; one of 10 may not marry, for instance.