busk it



  • verb to improvise. From the standard English ‘busker’, referring to a wandering street musician. Busk it at first was a musician’s, later a theatrical performer’s, term, referring to improvisation (‘I don’t know it, but if you hum a few bars I’ll busk it’), but is now widely used in other forms of endeavour, such as business. The word ‘busk’ seems to have originated in an 18th-century borrowing from a Latin language: the Spanish buscar, meaning to search or the archaic french busquer, meaning to cruise, etc.