- the melting and loosening of ice in rivers and harbors during the early spring.
- the first day on which such ice is soft or dispersed enough to permit ships to use the waterways.
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Origin of breakup
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Example sentences from the Web for breakup
He had been arrested and briefly jailed in Gary in 2004, after an incident triggered by a breakup with a live-in girlfriend.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start|Michael Daly|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Both this and your next film, Listen Up Philip, are breakup stories—is it cathartic to act through stories like these?Is Elisabeth Moss the One 'True Detective' Loves? She Doesn't Deny It.|Melissa Leon|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Breakup songs are one thing; breakup songs with such a relentless real-life agenda are another.Robin Thicke’s ‘Paula’ Is What You Shouldn’t Do When You Get Dumped|Andrew Romano|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And an inherent contradiction within the Sunni coalition could well trigger a breakup in the longer term.
For his part, Watkins says the breakup was “blown out of proportion.”
Somehow or other she'd made it across Willow Brook and the breakup had kept her there.The Duck-footed Hound|James Arthur Kjelgaard
It was a picture of the breakup of the Outer Federation, and in some ways worse than the other wars.Victory|Lester del Rey
The next week, Andy finished his job with the Casmans and, just as Jud had predicted, the breakup followed.Swamp Cat|James Arthur Kjelgaard
What is happening to us all is the breakup of the entire system.The Secret Places of the Heart|H. G. Wells
They hadn't said much—because they had liked Rakhal—when the breakup came.The Door Through Space|Marion Zimmer Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for breakup
- in the Canadian north, the breaking up of the ice on a body of water that marks the beginning of spring
- this season
Idioms and Phrases with breakup
Divide into many pieces; disintegrate. For example, Now break up the head of garlic into separate cloves. [Mid-1700s]
Interrupt the continuity of something, as in A short walk will break up the long morning.
Also, break it up. Scatter, disperse, as in The crowd broke up as soon as they reached the streets. [Late 1400s] This phrase is also used as an imperative, as in “Break it up!” shouted the police officer. [c. 1930]
Bring or come to an end, as in His gambling was bound to break up their marriage.
Also, break someone up. Burst into or cause one to burst into an expression of feeling, such as laughter or tears. For example, His jokes always break me up, or That touching eulogy broke us all up, or I looked at her and just broke up. The precise meaning depends on the context. This sense grew out of a usage from the early 1800s that meant “upset” or “disturb.” [Colloquial; early 1800s]