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raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Monday, October 26, 2020 9:50:52 PM
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Hi,

Do "bust" and "crack" have the same meaning in the following?

Police cracked/busted a major crime ring.

I'd appreciate your help.
FounDit
Posted: Monday, October 26, 2020 10:49:05 PM

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raymondaliasapollyon wrote:
Hi,

Do "bust" and "crack" have the same meaning in the following?

Police cracked/busted a major crime ring.

I'd appreciate your help.


In AmE, we don't usually use "cracked" in the same sense as "busted".

We use "cracked" when we speak of the police discovering evidence of who committed a crime - which is often called "a case". The police cracked the case. That is, they discovered who is responsible.

But when we say the police "busted" a major crime ring, this usually refers to the arrest of the persons involved, not just the evidence. Busted can also refer to the conviction of the criminals if they are found guilty. So "bust" can refer to both of those - the arrest and possibly the conviction of criminals.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 2:29:12 AM

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FounDit wrote:
raymondaliasapollyon wrote:
Hi,

Do "bust" and "crack" have the same meaning in the following?

Police cracked/busted a major crime ring.

I'd appreciate your help.


In AmE, we don't usually use "cracked" in the same sense as "busted".

We use "cracked" when we speak of the police discovering evidence of who committed a crime - which is often called "a case". The police cracked the case. That is, they discovered who is responsible.

But when we say the police "busted" a major crime ring, this usually refers to the arrest of the persons involved, not just the evidence. Busted can also refer to the conviction of the criminals if they are found guilty. So "bust" can refer to both of those - the arrest and possibly the conviction of criminals.


We have the same in usage in British English.
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