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[buhst-uhp] /ˈbʌstˌʌp/
noun, Informal.
a separation or dissolution, as of a marriage or a close friendship.
a large party, especially a noisy one.
Chiefly British. a quarrel; disturbance; punch-up.
Origin of bust-up
First recorded in 1840-50; noun use of verb phrase bust up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Reckon if there had been a bust-up the Major deserved to have to pay for the damage.

    The Hero of Panama

    F. S. Brereton
  • Some day of course there'll be a bust-up, and then—'three years, prisoner!'

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • Then, with that nasty grin of his: "You know, I'm looking after things for her since the bust-up."

    The Deluge David Graham Phillips
  • I've seen a bust-up on a railway afore, but bless me if this wasn't the wildest I ever seed.

    The Hero of Panama

    F. S. Brereton
  • "A bust-up," answered the strong man, who bore the nickname of Black Sam.

  • And if you put the whole lot of them at it, it would only be six weeks instead of six months before the bust-up.

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • He reflected, playing with the mere horror of the thought, upon just how complete the "bust-up" would be if she knew!

    The Vehement Flame Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
British Dictionary definitions for bust-up


a quarrel, esp a serious one ending a friendship, etc
(Brit) a disturbance or brawl
verb (adverb)
(intransitive) to quarrel and part
(transitive) to disrupt (a meeting), esp violently
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Slang definitions & phrases for bust-up



An argument, esp violent: bust-up over unionizing (1900+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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