Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- (intransitive) To break or separate into pieces; to disintegrate or come apart.
- It broke up when it hit the ground.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To end a relationship.
- She broke up with her boyfriend last week.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To dissolve; to part.
- The meeting finally broke up after a three-hour discussion.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) Of a school, to close for the holidays at the end of term.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) Of a telephone conversation, to cease to be understandable because of a bad connection.
- You're breaking up. Can you repeat that?
- (transitive) To break or separate into pieces.
- Break up the cheese and put it in the salad.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To stop a fight; to separate people who are fighting.
- The police came in to break up the disturbance.
- (intransitive, idiomatic, figuratively) Become disorganised
2011 September 18, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia”, BBC Sport:
- England's superior conditioning began to show in the final quarter and as the game began to break up, their three-quarters began to stamp their authority on the game. And when Foden went on a mazy run from inside his own 22 and put Ashton in for a long-range try, any threat of an upset was when and truly snuffed out.
to end a relationship
- breakup (noun)