Definition of bust-up in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌstʌp/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


informal, chiefly British
1A serious quarrel: the diplomatic bust-up with Germany
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  • As the characters struggle to navigate the tangled web of their assorted affairs and bust-ups, they are routinely forced to spout alarming quantities of American therapy-speak of the kind popularised by shows such as Dr Phil.
  • And the WWF has not been without its problems: several accidents, lawsuits, bust-ups and gaffes all combining to give him some serious headaches in recent years.
  • Backroom bust-ups were, and still are, regular occurrences but are traditionally kept ‘in-house’ with the public none the wiser and differences quickly sorted out by the combatants.
1.1A fight or brawl: a touchline bust-up
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  • And somehow he got away with just a stern warning after a touchline bust-up in stoppage time.
  • The police are not used to dealing with anything more serious than the theft of a cow or a drunken bust-up in the local public house.
  • The Football Association could deal a further double blow to their already slim hopes of Premiership survival when they investigate the series of bust-ups at the end of the Reebok clash.
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