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part company (with one)
To separate or depart (from one); to stop associating (with one). Though we'd all been close on the school trip, we parted company with one another once we were back home. John and Bill parted company following their disagreement about the band's style of music.
part company (with someone)
Fig. to leave someone; to depart from someone. Tom finally parted company with his brother. They parted company, and Tom got in his car and drove away.
Go separate ways; also, disagree about something. For example, After they reached the park Jeff and Jane parted company, or They parted company on their views of foreign policy. [Early 1700s]
part company1 (of two or more people) cease to be together; go in different directions. 2 (of two or more parties) cease to associate with each other, usually as the result of a disagreement.
part ˈcompany (with/from somebody/something)
1 leave somebody; separate and go in different directions: We walked down into town together and then parted company at the station. ♢ They’ve finally parted company after a long, unhappy marriage.
2 disagree with somebody: I’m afraid I have to part company with you on the question of nuclear energy.
3 (humorous) come apart; separate: In the high winds the sail and the boat parted company.
1. To leave one another's presence; go away or separate.
2. To disagree or stop associating because of a disagreement.