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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He added: "This blows wide open the idea that the referendum is anything other than a ploy intended to be a Trojan Horse for independence.
Mr Flynn blows wide open the past 12 months which have been the most divisive and damaging in the long history of the Labour Party in Wales.