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breakup

[breyk-uhp] /ˈbreɪkˌʌp/
noun
1.
disintegration; disruption; dispersal.
2.
the ending of a personal, especially a romantic, relationship.
3.
  1. the melting and loosening of ice in rivers and harbors during the early spring.
  2. the first day on which such ice is soft or dispersed enough to permit ships to use the waterways.
4.
Informal. an act or instance of being convulsed with laughter.
5.
temporary distortion in a televised picture.
Origin of breakup
1785-1795
1785-95; noun use of verb phrase break up
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  • The next week, Andy finished his job with the Casmans and, just as Jud had predicted, the breakup followed.

    Swamp Cat James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • It was a picture of the breakup of the Outer Federation, and in some ways worse than the other wars.

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • They hadn't said much—because they had liked Rakhal—when the breakup came.

    The Door Through Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Somehow or other she'd made it across Willow Brook and the breakup had kept her there.

    The Duck-footed Hound James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • He glanced quickly at me out of a square, serious face, then plunged back through the splintered door toward the breakup inside.

    Fee of the Frontier Horace Brown Fyfe
Word Origin and History for breakup
n.

also break-up, 1795, from verbal expression break up (mid-15c.), which was used originally of plowland, later of groups, assemblies, etc. Of things (also of marriages, relationships), "to disintegrate," from mid-18c. See break (v.) + up (adv.). Break it up as a command to stop a fight, etc., is recorded from 1936.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for breakup

breakup

noun

A separation or dissolution (mid-1700s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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