break up

break up
1. Lit. [for something] to fall apart; to be broken to pieces. (Typically said of a ship breaking up on rocks.) •

In the greatest storm of the century, the ship broke up on the reef.

It broke up and sank.

2. Go to break up (with someone). 3. [for married persons] to divorce. •

After many years of bickering, they finally broke up.

4. [for a marriage] to dissolve in divorce. •

Their marriage finally broke up.

5. to begin laughing very hard. •

The comedian told a particularly good joke, and the audience broke up.

I always break up when I hear her sing. She is so bad!

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{v. phr.} To end a romantic relationship, a marriage, or a business partnership. * /Tom and Jane broke up because Tom played so much golf that he had no time for her./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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