View Poll Results: If you bust ____, you end a relationship.

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    Default Bust

    You can check your answer here.

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    I first thought it had an idea of "enhancing breasts" or "giving them a lift".
    Thank you for the interesting phrasal verb.

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    Default Re: Bust

    Bust up would be a good phrasal verb for that.

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    Default Re: Bust

    I've never heard "bust up", at least, not in reference to ending a relationship. I've always heard "broke up" or "broke off".

    "They broke up after she found out he was seeing someone on the side."
    "He broke off his relationship with Shannon when she wiped out half his bank account."

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    It's less common I think than those, but it is in use. Do you us the noun bust-up for a big row?

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    Default Re: Bust

    I've never really heard that either, though I've heard "dust-up" before, but that's more of a brawl than a break up. To be honest, I can't really think of much else for a break-up fight, specifically. It may be just because I'm feeling dull-witted right now.
    They had big row over it.
    They had it out with each other.
    They got into an argument.
    They had a big episode last week and now they won't speak to each other.

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    Default Re: Bust

    Could be. The US is a pretty big place, so it may be that there's a particular region where they say "bust up". However, I've yet to hear it, personally.

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    Default Re: Bust

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    That's odd. According to Longman it's mainly used in BrE. I didn't know this phrasal verb, but I figured it's "up" since you also break up.

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    Default Re: Bust

    I would have picked the obvious "bust up" in the sense of "break up with," but I had to vote for "bust out" in the sense of "break out (of)." If a prisoner "busts out" of prison he must certainly be severing his relationships with anyone he leaves behind.

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