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English definition of “break sth up”

break sth up

verb uk phrasal verb with break   /breɪk/ (broke, broken) us  
to divide into many pieces, or to divide something into many pieces: The company has been broken up and sold off.Separating and dividing
(Definition of break sth up phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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