1. financially ruined
   Literally, broken. Standard English.
   2. to arrest during a police raid
   Again from the concept of breaking:
    Professor Philip Swallow... was among sixteen people arrested on Saturday... 'I've never been busted before,' he said. (Lodge, 1975)
   A bust is such a raid:
    In the busts, the FBI captured a shoulderfired rocket launcher, Semtex explosives, hand-grenade canisters, eleven pipe bombs, and an arsenal of M-14 rifles. (Evans-Pritchard, 1997)
   3. a drunken carouse
   Either broke or broken after it.

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