bust up

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phrasal verb

busted up also bust up; busting up; busts 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.

bust-up

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noun

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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“Bust up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bust%20up. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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