- 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.
Origin of breakup
Examples 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
Word Origin and History for breakup
also break-up, 1795, from verbal expression break up (mid-15c.), which was used originally of plowland, later of groups, assemblies, etc. Of things (also of marriages, relationships), "to disintegrate," from mid-18c. See break (v.) + up (adv.). Break it up as a command to stop a fight, etc., is recorded from 1936.