Definition of break someone up in English:

break someone up

phrasal verb

North American
  • Cause someone to become extremely upset.

    ‘seeing the children again nearly broke her up’
    • ‘That income helped us make ends meet, but my little sister had to stop taking dance lessons, and she was broken up about it.’
    • ‘I cannot understand that, and it just breaks me up terribly.’
    • ‘Obviously he was broken up over the loss of his livelihood, so why was this man laughing?’
    • ‘Gordon had been crying for a week, but that song broke him up anew.’
    • ‘Like all satirists from Juvenal on he is broken up about the march of folly.’