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break up

verb (adverb)
1.
to separate or cause to separate
2.
to put an end to (a relationship) or (of a relationship) to come to an end
3.
to dissolve or cause to dissolve; disrupt or be disrupted: the meeting broke up at noon
4.
(intransitive) (Brit) (of a school) to close for the holidays
5.
(intransitive) (of a person making a telephone call) to be inaudible at times, owing to variations in the signal: you're breaking up
6.
(informal) to lose or cause to lose control of the emotions: the news of his death broke her up
7.
(slang) to be or cause to be overcome with laughter
noun
8.
a separation or disintegration
9.
(Canadian)
  1. in the Canadian north, the breaking up of the ice on a body of water that marks the beginning of spring
  2. this season
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