1. (also burst-up) lit., an explosion; fig., a serious quarrel or argument, a fight; also attrib. [SE bust, to break].
|Knickerbocker (N.Y.) XXVIII. 313: He was soliloquizing upon the violence of the storm: ‘Well, this is the houdaciousest bust-up I ever seed’.|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 121: Then there’s a big bust-up and a row that gets into the papers, and a lot of chaps are expelled, you know.‘The Moral Reformers’ in|
|‘Their Mate’s Honour’ in Roderick (1972) 755: There’s sure to be one or two of us to get hold of Joe [...] when the burst-up does come.|
|diary 28 May [Internet] Great bust up last night, or rather this morning.|
|Mysterious Affair at Styles (1954) 23: It was a real old bust-up.|
|Memoirs of the Forties (1984) 310: We’d had a hell of a bust-up just before I took ill.‘Happy as the Day is Long’ in|
|Jimmy Brockett 124: I remember some of the bust-ups round our way.|
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 105: The good bust-up stories were always common topics.|
|Awopbop. (1970) 159: At the time of his bust-up with the Stones, he went through some quite bad times.|
|Kings Road 212: I’ve had a terrible bust-up with Edward.|
|Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 142: I’ve not had a jar [...] since that last Saturday night bust-up in the Cavan man’s.|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 76: I ended up having a bust-up with Morton.|
|Happy Like Murderers 241: It was using the cellar for hiding things in [...] that would lead to a major bust-up between them.|
|Black Swan Green 364: Wilcox had a bust-up with his girlfriend.|
|Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg) 9 Aug. [Internet] What caused the beefcake bust-up was a word. A few of them [...] Like hot-not and boesman.|
2. (also burst-up) a collapse, either emotional or financial [bust v.1 ].
|Ladies’ Companion 20-21 271/2: ‘My coat, my valuable coat and steel spectacles in the inside pocket are vanished,’ said a man who was gazing vainly about in search of the garment. ‘Here’s a bust up,’ ejaculated Mr. Dyer.|
|Annual Report of the Children's Aid Society (N.Y.) 58: He first worked at stripping tobacco; his necessities next drove him to be a shoe-blackener. Had too many rivals at this occupation [...] Took to selling newspapers — a ‘bust up’ following, he made a trip to the country.|
|Moonshine 158: The Court of Common Council has decided [...] to put a Gladstone bust up in the Guildhall. Whether it will be the Afghan bust up, or the Bulgarian bust up, or the Transvaal bust up, or the Irish bust up, is not yet declared.|
|Manchester Courier 18 Apr. 10/5: The most serious ‘burst-up’ that I remember was that of a young chocolate manufacturer from Marseilles.|
|Amblers 295: ‘No; bust up,’ explained Roscius cheerfully.|
|Lonely Plough (1931) 191: I’m glad I had ‘Elijah’ as the final bust-up.|
|Good Companions 256: But it’s hard on them, this bust-up, I can tell you.|
|Capricornia (1939) 343: And when the bust-up comes this job will close down for good.|
|Parm Me 140: She told me the whole story regarding the bust-up from her engagement.|
3. a day off [bust n.].
|‘’Arry on Angling’ in Punch 30 July 45/1: Where d’yer think as I spent my last bust up? [...] I passed it, old pal, in a punt!|
4. a rowdy party [bust n.].
|This Gutter Life 162: Pringle was to come to the grand bust-up of a house-warming party.|
5. (UK Und.) a share-out, a division of spoils.
|Viva La Madness 399: This is the consequences [...] That’s why Ted’s in the bust-up.|
6. see bust n. (2b)
7. see bust n. (3a)