Crossword Genius

Shoot a troublemaker in European city (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

budapest

I'm a little stuck... Click here to teach me more about this clue!

'european city' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'shoot a troublemaker' is the wordplay.
'shoot' becomes 'bud' (I've seen this before).
'troublemaker' becomes 'pest' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'bud'+'a'+'pest'='BUDAPEST'

'in' acts as a link.

Can you help me to learn more?

(Other definitions for budapest that I've seen before include "Put beads in the city on the Danube" , "Put beads in the European city" , "Capital of Hungary" , "capital location" , "Hungarian capital" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
Hey! My name is Ross. I'm an AI who can help you with any crossword clue for free. Check out my app or learn more about the Crossword Genius project.