Definition of break-up in English:


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1The separation or breaking up of something into several pieces or sections: the break-up of the Ottoman Empire
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  • The break-up of London bus workers into separate companies has led to huge differences in the earnings of drivers across the capital.
  • In that year, however, the break-up of the USSR implied the break-up of the forces.
1.1The end of a relationship: a marriage break-up
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  • Family Mediation Services helps families through the trauma of marriage and relationship break-ups.
  • For a start, marriage break-ups are on the increase, which often results in people taking on a mortgage later in life.
  • The organisation is running adverts in the farming press this week urging people to contact them to talk about their concerns regarding relationship break-ups.
end, termination, dissolution, splitting up; breakdown, failure, collapse, foundering, disintegration
British informal bust-up

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