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break open

To suddenly and decisively take control of a competition. A noun can be used between "break" and "open" or after "open." The game was close through the first two periods, but then the other team broke it open by scoring two quick goals. We can break open this game if we score first.
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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.
See also: break, open