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break up

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1 to cease to exist or cause to cease to exist as a group or organization
  • the band broke up when their arguments over money grew too stressful

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2 to come to an end
  • the meeting broke up when all the business for the day had been completed

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4 to yield to mental or emotional stress
  • the sort of person who would be among the first to break up in a prisoner of war camp

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5 to bring (as an action or operation) to an immediate end
  • police arrived at the scene and immediately broke up the fracas

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6 to cause to separate into pieces usually suddenly or forcibly
  • break up the feta cheese and spread it over the salad

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7 to show mirth with an explosive vocal sound
  • if you break up during the skit, the audience will know that you're in on the joke

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breakup

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Synonyms & Antonyms of breakup (Entry 2 of 2)

the act or process of a whole separating into two or more parts or pieces
  • the breakup of the Soviet Union and the collapse of communism pretty much signaled the end of the Cold War

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“Break up.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/break%20up. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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