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break someone up

Definition of break someone up in English:

chiefly North American Cause someone to become extremely upset: seeing the children again nearly broke her up
More example sentences
  • Like all satirists from Juvenal on he is broken up about the march of folly.
  • Gordon had been crying for a week, but that song broke him up anew.
  • I cannot understand that, and it just breaks me up terribly.
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