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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.
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He ruled out the possibility of both being murdered, saying the door was locked from inside and the bodies had been recovered by breaking open the door.
Police went to the spot and recovered the body around 2 pm after breaking open the door.
The police entered the room after breaking open the door and shifted the body to the morgue for autopsy.
What is shocking is that the gang seemed to have taken their own time, smoking cigarettes in front of the house, before breaking open the door without bothering to enter the house stealthily.
Representatives of the regional sheriff have started clearing operations at the 145-hectare farm in Barangay San Isidro, ahead of breaking open the farm gates.
Zaka Ullah son of Nazar Muhammad after locking his residence went to the house of his brother when some unidentified burglars intruded into his house by breaking open the locks and made off with 15 tolas gold ornaments and Rs15000.
confessed during questioning that he and another Pakistani stole the vehicle after breaking open the window glass of the driver's cabin and managing to start the engine."