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.

Origin of bust-up

First recorded in 1840–50; noun use of verb phrase bust up
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Contemporary Examples of bust-up

Historical Examples of bust-up

  • Reckon if there had been a bust-up the Major deserved to have to pay for the damage.

    The Hero of Panama

    F. S. Brereton

  • 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.

    The Hero of Panama

    F. S. Brereton

  • "A bust-up," answered the strong man, who bore the nickname of Black Sam.

British Dictionary definitions for bust-up



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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