Last modified on 24 May 2014, at 11:12

bust a move

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

The original usage of this phrase is "to dance." It was popularized in the 1989 single of the same name by rapper Young MC, who tells (in the song) of his several attempts to find (or seduce) a woman in various places and failing to be able to do so because he can't dance; he isn't able to "bust a move."

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

bust a move

  1. (African American Vernacular, idiomatic, transitive) to dance
    Damn, see that guy on the dance floor? He can bust a move! That, my friend, is groovin'.
  2. (African American Vernacular, idiomatic, transitive) to seduce
    I'm gonna bust a move on that fine ass bitch.
  3. (African American Vernacular, idiomatic, transitive) to flatulate
    Jim went over to hit on that girl at the bar, but as he opened his mouth, he felt he was about to bust a move, so he continued toward the patio outside.
  4. (African American Vernacular, idiomatic, transitive) to evade
    "Bust a move, it's The Man."
  5. (African American Vernacular, idiomatic, transitive) to depart
    "It's time to go. Let's bust a move."
  6. (African American Vernacular, idiomatic, transitive) Save oneself from an awkward situation with a woman.
    "Hey, did you see Bob last night with that chick?" "Yeah, he had to bust a move and got laid."

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