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break open something

also break something open
to suddenly and clearly begin to win a competition Several quick goals helped Hewlett break open a close game and beat the Tigers by 10 points.
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Prior to the award of this contract, Bazaar & Novelty was one of five licensed break open ticket manufacturers servicing more than 12,000 charity licensed retail locations in the Province.
The paper bags were a problem for our customers because some would break open during distribution or after they arrive at retail stores," said Bill Arndt, CEI managing partner.
Beltre went 3 for 5 in Sunday's 7-6 victory over San Francisco, including a three-run, opposite-field homer in the fifth inning off Brett Tomko to break open the game.
In the first women's game played on Nell and John Wooden Court at Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins used a 13-0 run early in the second half to break open a close contest.
Baptist 32, Whittier Christian 0: Alex Westmore completed a 59-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Lima midway through the third quarter to break open a close Alpha League game at L.
Blue Jays scored five runs off Ortiz in the sixth inning to break open a close game and snap the Angels' winning streak at four games.
I'm sure it will break open sooner because we can't keep tying games 0-0.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday ordered a San Fernando company to stop some shipments of radioactive materials because of concerns that the packages might break open in a transportation accident.