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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!
See also: blow, open, something, wide
References in classic literature ?
At last the door, loosed, was blown wide open, flinging Miss Wilson and Agatha back, and admitting a whirlwind that tore round the hall, snatched at the women's draperies, and blew out the lights.
With Cove rangers' exit to League Two via the pyramid playoffs the Highland League has been blown wide open.
The women's draw has been blown wide open over the past fortnight, and the Briton was the only semi-finalist in Paris to have reached this stage of a Slam previously.
But top seed Halep is a much tougher assignment at a tournament blown wide open with the ousting of defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and second seed Angelique Kerber.
A documentarian who decided to reopen the unsolved case of the missing girls comes calling at the retired cop's door and the investigation is blown wide open again.
The top-half of the women's singles draw was blown wide open on the opening day of the tournament after world number one and top seed Simona Halep was knocked out by Kaia Kanepi.
The exit of former world number one Pliskova came after the women's draw was blown wide open by surprise defeats earlier in the tournament for Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens.
She steadied herself, though, and even had a break point when Williams served at 4-2, but her chances were few and far between as her opponent continued to charge through a draw blown wide open by an exodus of seeds.
The race for automatic promotion was blown wide open when Cardiff lost 3-1 at playoffseeking Derby on Tuesday and third-placed Fulham will be aiming to pile on the pressure with a victory over the relegated Black Cats.
With Federer and six-times Miami Open winner Novak Djokovic exiting early, the likes of second seed Maric Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov (3), and Indian Wells winner Juan Martin del Potro (5) will all fancy their chances of winning a tournament that has been blown wide open.
Edmund's section of the draw was blown wide open on day one by defeats for seeds Anderson, Jack Sock, Lucas Pouille and Philipp Kohlschreiber, and it is a golden opportunity for one of the players remaining to reach a grand slam quarter-final.
It's just over a week until the Australian Open begins and the contest has been blown wide open by an array of injuries in both the men and women's draw.
This is a tense episode as it's building up to tomorrow, when we've been told this long-running storyline will finally be blown wide open. Elsewhere, Moira, above, meets the drug dealer, and Zak gets a diagnosis.
THE title race in Thomas Carroll South East Wales Cricket League Division One was blown wide open again last night after leaders Newbridge crashed at home to relegation battling Pontypridd - and allowed Malpas to go top after they beat Sudbrook.
"There are four of us within half a minute of each other and it's hard to say whether we will basically be chasing each other's shadows or if it's going to be blown wide open."