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to separate or cause to separate
to put an end to (a relationship) or (of a relationship) to come to an end
to dissolve or cause to dissolve; disrupt or be disrupted:
the meeting broke up at noon
) (of a school) to close for the holidays
) (of a person making a telephone call) to be inaudible at times, owing to variations in the signal:
you're breaking up
) to lose or cause to lose control of the emotions:
the news of his death broke her up
) to be or cause to be overcome with laughter
a separation or disintegration
in the Canadian north, the breaking up of the ice on a body of water that marks the beginning of spring
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