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break up (something)

phrasal verb with break  us   /breɪk/ verb
  • (DIVIDE)

to ​divide something into ​smallerpieces or ​separateparts: The ​company has been ​totally broken up. The ​ship broke up on the ​reef. We’re breaking up ​ourtrip by ​stopping for a few ​days in Singapore.

break up (something)

phrasal verb with break  us   /breɪk/ verb
  • (END RELATIONSHIP)

to end or ​cause something to end, esp. a ​personal or ​businessrelationship: The ​meeting didn’t break up until about two a.m. Regional ​phonecompanies were ​created when the ​government broke up the ​nationwidemonopoly.
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