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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 gang allegedly broke open the windows of cars to steal items such as mobile phones, laptops and cash.
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.
Pepperdine broke open a 4-1 game with a six-run sixth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate.
On three separate occasions in the month of August they broke open the sign case in front of the Goshen Church of Christ in Goshen, Ind.
The intruders damaged the doors and locks to enter the rooms and broke open locked file cabinets, officials said.