breakups

breakup

[breyk-uhp]
noun
1.
disintegration; disruption; dispersal.
2.
the ending of a personal, especially a romantic, relationship.
3.
a.
the melting and loosening of ice in rivers and harbors during the early spring.
b.
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:
1785–95; noun use of verb phrase break up

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breakup
also break up, late 15c., from break + up. Originally of groups, assemblies, etc. ("Break it up" as a command to stop a fight, etc., is recorded from 1936). Of things (also of marriages, relationships), "to disintegrate," from mid-18c. The noun is recorded from 1795.
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