How to sign break up in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Definition:

End romantic relation

Sign Instructions:

Sign "break" then spell "up".

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Sequential Breakdown of break up

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of break up

End of Sign

Final Frame of break up

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for break up
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.
Dominant Handshape for break up
Extend your index and middle fingers while keeping them together, folding the other fingers into your palm.
Dominant Handshape for break up
Extend the index and middle fingers in a 'V' shape, tucking the thumb in between the index and middle fingers, and folding the ring and pinky fingers into the palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for break up
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.
Non-Dominant Handshape for break up
Extend your index and middle fingers while keeping them together, folding the other fingers into your palm.
Non-Dominant Handshape for break up
Extend the index and middle fingers in a 'V' shape, tucking the thumb in between the index and middle fingers, and folding the ring and pinky fingers into the palm.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Definition:

Relationship end

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands in front of you with your palms oriented toward each other and your hands touching each other. Then move both hands away from each other, and as you move, open up the thumb, index, and middle fingers.

Videos

Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of break up

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of break up

End of Sign

Final Frame of break up

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for break up
Extend your thumb, index, and middle fingers, while folding your ring and pinky fingers into your palm.
Dominant Handshape for break up
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for break up
Extend your thumb, index, and middle fingers, while folding your ring and pinky fingers into your palm.
Non-Dominant Handshape for break up
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.

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