Break up - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbreɪk ʌp|  American pronunciation of the word break up
Brit.  |ˈbreɪkʌp|  British pronunciation of the word break up


- to cause to separate and go in different directions (syn: dispel, disperse, dissipate, scatter)
- discontinue an association or relation; go different ways (syn: break, part, separate, split)
- come apart
- break violently or noisily; smash (syn: crash)
- make a break in (syn: disrupt, interrupt)
- cause to go into a solution (syn: dissolve, resolve)
- suffer a nervous breakdown (syn: collapse, crack)

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The police broke up the fight.

The party broke up when the police arrived.

I hear that Joan and Steve are breaking up.

...the band broke up when their arguments over money grew too stressful...

...the meeting broke up when all the business for the day had been completed...

When do we break up for the summer holidays?

When does your school break up?

She says, her sister is going to be married and that she fears it will break her up.

He was (all) broken up by the news.

The camera had only to turn to Tommy Cooper for the audience to break up with laughter.

The job can be broken up into several activities, which provides some variety.

In spring the ice on the Great Lakes breaks up.

You are breaking up.

The men in the garage will break up the old cars for their parts.

The government passed laws intended to break up monopolies.

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