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[breyk-uhp] /ˈbreɪkˌʌp/
disintegration; disruption; dispersal.
the ending of a personal, especially a romantic, relationship.
  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.
Informal. an act or instance of being convulsed with laughter.
temporary distortion in a televised picture.
Origin of breakup
1785-95; noun use of verb phrase break up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The first is routine space pursuits and the accidental breakup of objects in orbit.
  • He found that they gorged on seals in the spring and early summer, before breakup, then retreated to land as the ice melted.
  • Born in winter, they complete their growth in time for summer's ice breakup, when they go fishing for themselves.
  • And the ice shelf breakup wasn't the only geologic disturbance on the island that summer.
  • Scientists believe that the breakup and drift of continents influenced the evolution of advanced frogs.
  • In the other model, the burst was created by the breakup of a comet as it neared a lone neutron star.
  • Butler took the breakup badly, phoning her repeatedly and hinting at suicide.
  • It was impossible, he said, to have a breakup of the euro zone without also having a total meltdown of the global system.
  • They produced two babies and wrote a few confessional songs about each other before an acrimonious breakup.
  • It would be a lie to say that this record doesn't have breakup record aspects to it.
Word Origin and History for breakup

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



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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