blow (something) wide open

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blow (something) wide open

1. To expose something scandalous or deceptive. That company's stock price plummeted after the media blew the CEO's embezzlement scandal wide open. An anonymous tip to the police is what blew the theft ring wide open.
2. To make the outcome of a competition hard to predict. Having so many outstanding teams in the playoffs this year has really blown the field wide open.
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blow something wide open

 and bust something wide open
Sl. to expose corrupt practices or a secret plan; to put an end to corruption. The press is trying to blow the town wide open, and the feds are trying to hush them up so they can move about in secret. I'm going to bust this racket wide open.
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blow something wide open

1. If someone blows a way of doing things wide open, they change it completely by doing things in a totally different way. The youthful, informal Harrison has blown the old newsreader image wide open. Note: Verbs such as throw, bust, and split are sometimes used instead of blow. This whole affair could split the Italian political system wide open. That was the old system and it was bust wide open.
2. If someone blows something wide open, they reveal something secret that other people have been trying to hide. You wait. My lawyer will blow this wide open. Has it occurred to you that he can blow the operation wide open?
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blow something wide open

and bust something wide open
tv. to expose corrupt practices or a scheme; to put an end to corruption. The press is trying to blow the town wide open, and the feebies are trying to hush them up so they can move about in secret. We’ll blow this gang wide open!
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Over the past year I've been mostly focused on covering the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force case and a corruption scandal a decade in the making that blew wide open many preconceived notions about the scope of police misconduct, he says.
KEITH DEWISON, Billingham CHANNEL 4's Dispatches on Monday, October 18, blew wide open the Tory claim "we are all in this together" with their monies safe in the tax haven of the Caymen Islands while pounds 2.5bn is taken off child credits and pounds 2.4bn off the banks.