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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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Apparently the crushing breaks open cell membranes to release alliinase--an enzyme that is vital for creating anti-clotting compounds.
When a grape hits a reveler, the fruit's skin breaks open and the sticky juice bursts from the pulp, or flesh of the fruit.
It cracks and breaks open if cables are handled too roughly.
A second chamber breaks open the cells, and then a chemical mixture pumped into the chamber makes multiple copies of the now-accessible DNA.
"After the first game we didn't just lay down and die so we have to keep fighting and fighting until it breaks open for us and we hope it breaks open very quickly.
MBM's contribution is one of the larger blocks that breaks open the grid to connect with an adjoining garden suburb.