crack open


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crack open

[for something brittle] to break or split open. The egg cracked open and a chick worked its way out. The side of the mountain cracked open and molten lava flowed out.
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crack something(wide) open

 
1. Lit. to crack or split something. An incredible eruption cracked the volcano wide open.
2. Fig. to expose and reveal some great wrongdoing. The police cracked the drug ring wide open. The newspaper story cracked the trouble at city hall wide open.
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CDT, Whole Foods Market cheesemongers and even a few of the company's regional presidents will flex their muscles while making shoppers salivate as they crack open full wheels of the Italian powerhouse - Parmigiano Reggiano.
All four coaches are modest, saying there's no secret to their success other than hard work and good students who are willing to study for hours on end, months before other teams even crack open a book.
My first thought here was of Repulsion, the Polanski film of 1965 in which walls crack open and hands reach forth at Catherine Deneuve's dubious heroine.
you could crack open a dozen of 'era and not get much to scramble.
She describes, for example, the dilemma of a black mother caught between not wanting to squelch her child's identity and creativity and not wanting a cop to crack open the child's head because it is adorned with dreadlocks.
CRACK open a beer, switch off the phone and enjoy another double bill of the classic US comedy series set in the famous Boston bar.
Normally, to reach a failing heart, surgeons must saw through the breastbone and crack open ribs.
In "Mercy me: How to crack open a hardened heart" (pages 12-17), theologian and storyteller John Shea continues his exploration of the sacraments as a spiritual path by looking in on a family drifting toward the edge of crisis.
displays increasing musical confidence, a willingness to let songs crack open or take odd turns.
Voucher advocates know the extent of opposition to their undemocratic goals (30 years of statewide referenda results registering two to one opposition and an August 1996 Gallup poll showing 61 percent to 36 percent opposition), so they are cynically trying to use the poor, our society's indifference to urban problems, and the pleasant sound of the word choice as battering rams to crack open the floodgates of public funding for selective, special interest private schools.
To do this, they need to declare a reading day, when they crack open those journals, books, and magazines that have served primarily as dust-mote condos in the corners of their offices.
One easy way to put fresh" bread on your plate every day is to crack open a tube, plop the dough down on a cookie sheet, and put it in the oven for from five to 30 minutes.
99 Now summer has arrived it's time to crack open some pink and Waitrose has the Argentinian Finca Flichman Malbec/Shiraz Ros on sale at pounds 4.
So whether you've been able to crack open the bubbly or you're still sitting on the sofa shaking your head in disbelief, I want to hear your story.