- 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
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Examples from the Web for bust-up
Two competing narratives over the Prince Harry / Cressida Bonas bust-up in the UK papers today.Did Cressy and Harry Split Over a $1,000 Flight?
May 1, 2014
Reckon if there had been a bust-up the Major deserved to have to pay for the damage.
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.
"A bust-up," answered the strong man, who bore the nickname of Black Sam.
- a quarrel, esp a serious one ending a friendship, etc
- British a disturbance or brawl
- (intr) to quarrel and part
- (tr) to disrupt (a meeting), esp violently
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