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break open

To suddenly and decisively take control of a competition. A noun can be used between "break" and "open" or after "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.
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Footage of the theft shows the man entering the building via the emergency exit and then breaking open the padlock on the shutter of the supermarket.
The visiting Indians made the most of the opportunity, breaking open a close game in the late innings of a 12-2 thrashing at Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park.
One of the key ways in which the community echoes the faith for catechumens is through the breaking open of scripture.
After breaking open the back door, he went to the bedroom where the Butlers were sleeping and opened fire.
We were breaking open a champagne bottle the first time the Weddell's camera came back," Williams remembers.
Pre-Snap Coverage Read: The QB should try to determine the coverage prior to the snap - allowing him to anticipate the receiver with the best chance of breaking open.