the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)
- She's just broken up with her boy-friend.
- The ship was broken up for scrap metal.
- Sentences can be broken up into clauses.
- The Government has broken up the large private estates.
- Police were called in to break up the meeting.
- Police had to break up the crowd.
- The police had to employ force to break up the crowd.