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break up
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  • laugh unrestrainedly
  • separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
  • cause to separate
    • break up kidney stones
    • disperse particles
  • break or cause to break into pieces
    • The plate fragmented
  • come to an end
    • Their marriage dissolved
    • The tobacco monopoly broke up
  • bring the association of to an end or cause to break up
    • The decree officially dissolved the marriage
    • the judge dissolved the tobacco company
  • close at the end of a session
    • The court adjourned
  • release ice
    • The icebergs and glaciers calve
  • attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example
    • Pick open the ice
  • set or keep apart
    • sever a relationship
  • destroy the completeness of a set of related items
    • The book dealer would not break the set
  • take apart into its constituent pieces
  • suffer a nervous breakdown
  • cause to go into a solution
    • The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water
  • make a break in
    • We interrupt the program for the following messages
  • break violently or noisily; smash;
  • come apart
    • the group broke up
  • discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
    • The business partners broke over a tax question
    • The couple separated after 25 years of marriage
    • My friend and I split up
  • to cause to separate and go in different directions
    • She waved her hand and scattered the crowds
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