Two small words to warm the heart of any Canadian! I believe the same is true for many of our Southern Cousins too.
You see, break-up for us ?Northerners? is a yearly event which marks the passing of winter. The Thaw, Ice Out, Break-up ? all of them regional sayings for when the local river or lake frees itself from the icy shroud which had covered it for the past 3, 4, 5 even 6 months!