- 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
Words nearby breakup
How to use breakup in a sentence
As with a romantic breakup, it can be easy to reframe the relationship as a total loss or as time wasted, Williams said.Politics and conspiracy theories are fracturing relationships. Here’s how to grieve those broken bonds.|Jeff Schrum|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
She raced through the more than 100 hours of training required to field calls, role-playing scenarios with hotline staff members pretending to be teens in the midst of breakdowns and breakups.The loneliness of an interrupted adolescence|Ellen McCarthy|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
A Fortune and SurveyMonkey poll last month found 64% of Americans worried about Big Tech’s antitrust violations and 48% supporting the breakup of at least one of the companies.Why Big Tech sat out the Super Bowl|Aaron Pressman|February 8, 2021|Fortune
In 2020, we learned to be kind to ourselves, especially after going through tough emotional crises, like a breakup.Outside's Valentine's Day Gift Guide|The Editors|February 6, 2021|Outside Online
Indeed, the adage “the best way to get over a breakup is a hookup” ceases to function when you’re socially distancing.Date Lab: Opposites didn’t attract — but they didn’t repel, either|Rich Juzwiak|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
She says that, shortly after a rough breakup, she went on a double-date with a man and Cosby and his wife, Camille.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Following the XL breakup, Miss Bank$ became Azealia Banks, with the artist dropping several songs on YouTube.Azealia Banks Opens Up About Her Journey from Stripping to Rap Stardom|Marlow Stern|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The crew wear parachutes and surviving vehicle breakup would then be a matter of chance as to whether or not you get thrown free.Can Anyone Make Space Safe for Civilians?|Clive Irving|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
But some things must stay private—including the identity of the singer in those breakup songs.The Mesmerizing Mystique of BANKS|Melissa Leon|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He glanced quickly at me out of a square, serious face, then plunged back through the splintered door toward the breakup inside.Fee of the Frontier|Horace Brown Fyfe
Somehow or other she'd made it across Willow Brook and the breakup had kept her there.The Duck-footed Hound|James Arthur Kjelgaard
Faye found herself hoping that they might be within sight of the river when the breakup came.
Some illustrations have been moved to paragraph breaks to prevent the breakup of text.Bird Houses Boys Can Build|Albert F. Siepert
If we get there before the breakup, we may cross on the ice.
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
Other 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]