bust-up ust-up n. a serious quarrel (especially one that ends a friendship). [WordNet 1.5]

With some antick bustoes in the niches. --Ashmole. [1913 Webster]

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  • bust-up — ˈbust up noun [countable] 1. when a unit such as a company or department is broken into parts 2. JOURNALISM when people disagree strongly: • a boardroom bust up, when the chief executive walked out after six weeks in the job * * * bust up UK US… …   Financial and business terms

  • bust-up — n informal 1.) the end of a relationship bust up of ▪ the bust up of their marriage →bust up at ↑bust1 2.) BrE a very bad quarrel or fight ▪ Cathy and I had a real bust up yesterday …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bust-up — bust ups 1) N COUNT A bust up is a serious quarrel, often resulting in the end of a relationship. [INFORMAL] She had had this bust up with her family. Syn: row 2) N COUNT A bust up is a fight. [BRIT, INFORMAL] ...a bust up which she says left her …   English dictionary

  • bust-up — /bust up /, n. Informal. 1. a separation or dissolution, as of a marriage or a close friendship. 2. a large party, esp. a noisy one. 3. Chiefly Brit. a quarrel; disturbance; punch up. [1840 50; n. use of v. phrase bust up] * * * …   Universalium

  • bust-up — noun count BRITISH INFORMAL 1. ) a serious argument or fight 2. ) the end of a relationship: He started drinking after the bust up of his first marriage …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bust-up — bust′ up n. Informal. 1) inf a separation or dissolution, as of a marriage; breakup 2) inf a noisy party 3) brit. inf Brit. a quarrel • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • bust-up — ► NOUN informal ▪ a serious quarrel or fight …   English terms dictionary

  • bust|up — «BUHST UHP», noun. Slang. 1. a quarrel. 2. a violent fight …   Useful english dictionary

  • bust up — verb smash or break forcefully The kid busted up the car • Syn: ↑wreck, ↑wrack • Derivationally related forms: ↑wrack (for: ↑wrack), ↑wreck ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • bust up — phrasal verb Word forms bust up : present tense I/you/we/they bust up he/she/it busts up present participle busting up past tense bust up or busted up past participle bust up or busted up informal 1) [intransitive] British to have an argument and …   English dictionary

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