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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
1785-1795
1785-95; noun use of verb phrase break up
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Word Origin and History for breakups

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 breakups

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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