break up
verb Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. a. to cease to exist as a unified whole ; disperse <
their partnership broke up
>
b. to end a romance 2. to lose morale, composure, or resolution; especially to become abandoned to laughter <
breaks up completely, laughing himself into a coughing fit — Gene Williams
>
transitive verb 1. to break into pieces 2. to bring to an end <
broke up the fight
>
3. to do away with ; destroy <
break up a monopoly
>
4. to disrupt the continuity or flow of <
break up a dull routine
>
5. decompose <
break up a chemical
>
6. to cause to laugh heartily

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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