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Difference between Break it down and Break it up

break it down

1. explain smth.:

  • Let me break it down for you—when a dog shows its teeth, it’s about to attack you.

2. (Austral., NZ sl.) stop it; come off it (used as an expression of disbelief, disagreement or a plea for moderation):

  • Let’s break it down. I said I don’t know the man. Never met him.

break it up

1. disperse; get moving:

  • A policeman forced his way through the crowd, shouting, “Stand aside! Break it up!”

2. stop the fight or quarrel:

  • All right you two, break it up! Don’t make me get a hose on you…