[ 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.


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Origin of bust-up

First recorded in 1840–50; noun use of verb phrase bust up
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British Dictionary definitions for bust-up

/ informal /


a quarrel, esp a serious one ending a friendship, etc
British a disturbance or brawl

verb bust up (adverb)

(intr) to quarrel and part
(tr) to disrupt (a meeting), esp violently
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