bust up

Definition of bust up

informal
1 :to end a relationship with someone
  • Their marriage busted up after three years.
  • Didn't you hear? They busted up.
2 :to cause (something) to end
  • His gambling problem busted up their marriage.
  • The police busted the party up.

Word by Word Definitions

bust play
  1. : a sculptured representation of the upper part of the human figure including the head and neck and usually part of the shoulders and breast

  2. : the upper part of the human torso between neck and waist

  1. : to break or smash especially with force

  2. : to bring an end to : break up

  3. : to ruin financially

  1. : spree

  2. : a hearty drinking session

  3. : a complete failure : flop

  1. : bankrupt, broke

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


bust-up

noun

Definition of bust-up

informal
1 :the end of a relationship, marriage, etc. :breakup
  • the bust-up of their marriage
2 British :a very bad argument or disagreement :quarrel or fight
  • They had a bust-up over money.

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