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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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The police broke open the door and removed the body.
He also mentioned that the culprits broke the CCTV cameras and two broke open safes that were in his bedroom.
They also broke open the lockers with the gas cutting machine.
They also stole money from the school, vandalised the chapel, broke open the tabernacle and took away the ciborium, the sacred vessel used during Mass.
"He first went to the cash till and, finding nothing there, went to the first floor office where he broke open the safe," said Mr Mohammed.
About two months ago, robbers broke open the showroom and took away goods worth approximately RO2,500 from the showroom.
A MALAYSIAN man admitted wildlife smuggling after his bag bursting with 95 live boa constrictors broke open on a luggage conveyer belt at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Summary: Mark Gonzalez broke open Switzerland's record-breaking defence to give Chile a 1-0 victory in Group H.
In his latest crime Wilkes smashed his way into the Thorns pub, in Quarry Bank, but he was caught on CCTV as he broke open the fruit machines and he was later recognised by investigating cops.
The burglars broke open the doors of the flats when the residents were away and took cash, jewellery and electronic items.