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break open

To suddenly and decisively take control of a competition. A noun or pronoun can be used between "break" and "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.
See also: break, open
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"To make life easier for charities and the people who hold them close to their hearts, Ontario's government is no longer charging charities an administrative fee on break open tickets so more revenues can support important causes and local communities."
"That's why the President has made it very clear, he will use the full power of the state to break open if need be the warehouses of rice hoarders," he added.
'Asian Tribune' found many of those busses do not keep such type of any hammer in their busses for the passengers to break open the rear glass panel to escape in case of emergency.
Alan Milburn, who wants to break open the closed shop, and, right, John Major
Mr Mohammed said the thief had clearly come prepared to break open the 300kg safe.
The popular Point Break Open Water Challenge kicks off on 10 March 2013 at Lake Oanob Resort.
Thiruvananthapuram The stand-off between a village on the outskirts of Kerala's capital and the state government yesterday entered a new phase, with the state government using its powers to break open the lock to the garbage treatment facility in the village.
In the spot, the DQ spokesperson explains that at Dairy Queen "we don't just have pinatas; we have pinatas filled with Mary Lou Retton." He then proceeds to hit the pinata causing it to break open and Retton tumbles out.
So in my desperate state I was just about to break open the Jammy Dodgers in exchange for a cuddle when something wonderful happened..
1 : to break open or in pieces (as by an explosion from within) <bombs bursting in air> <buds bursting open>
Camille has such a gift for making scripture come alive and provides yet another reason for allowing women to break open the Word at Mass.
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A THIEF was caught after his credit card got stuck in the door he was trying to break open.
Demolition contractors working at the site had break open the rear of the car wash to allow firefighters access.