breakdown
noun Date: 1827 1. the action or result of breaking down: as a. a failure to function b. failure to progress or have effect ; disintegration <
a breakdown of negotiations
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c. a physical, mental, or nervous collapse d. the process of decomposing e. division into categories ; classification; also an account analyzed into categories 2. a fast shuffling dance; also music for such a dance

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