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break up

phrasal verb with break uk   /breɪk/ us   /breɪk/ verb broke, broken
  • (END RELATIONSHIP)

B1 If a marriage breaks up or two people in a romantic relationship break up, their marriage or their relationship ends: Jenny and George have broken up. She's just broken up with her boyfriend.

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break-upnoun

uk   /ˈbreɪk.ʌp/ us   /ˈbreɪk.ʌp/
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break up

phrasal verb with break us   /breɪk/ verb
  • (LOSE CONNECTION)

(of a telephone conversation) to become impossible to understand because the connection is not strong enough: He was on the subway when he called and started to break up before I could answer.
(Definition of break up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"break-up" in Business English

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break-upnoun [C]

uk   /ˈbreɪkʌp/ us  
a division of a company, etc. into smaller parts: AT&T divided into three companies, making this the biggest voluntary corporate break-up in history.
the end of a business or a relationship: The sale of the company's real estate and other assets was the first sign of its eventual break-up and closure.
(Definition of break-up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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