part company

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part company (third-person singular simple present parts company, present participle parting company, simple past and past participle parted company)

  1. (idiomatic) To end a relationship
  2. (idiomatic, of two or more people) to separate; go their own way
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Episode 16
      The pair parted company and Stephen rejoined Mr Bloom who, with his practised eye, was not without perceiving that he had succumbed to the blandiloquence of the other parasite. Alluding to the encounter he said, laughingly, Stephen, that is: