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burst open

1. To open abruptly, typically with or as a result of force. Floodwaters caused the dam to burst open.
2. To cause something to open, often due to the use of force. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "burst" and "open." The police used a battering ram to burst the door open.
See also: burst, open
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ˌburst ˈopen


ˌburst (something) ˈopen

open suddenly or violently; make something open in this way: The door burst open.Firefighters burst the door open and rescued them.
See also: burst, open
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With the bursting open of the door, the noise of their howling had increased tremendously.
After bursting open a door of idiotic obstinacy with a weak rattle in its throat, you fell into Tellson's down two steps, and came to your senses in a miserable little shop, with two little counters, where the oldest of men made your cheque shake as if the wind rustled it, while they examined the signature by the dingiest of windows, which were always under a shower-bath of mud from Fleet-street, and which were made the dingier by their own iron bars proper, and the heavy shadow of Temple Bar.
This, as we looked, trailed under the door, which with the recoil from its bursting open, had swung back to its old position.
Hemorrhagic stroke is caused on account of the arteries in the brain either leaking blood or bursting open. In the TIAs, the flow of blood to the brain is only disrupted temporarily for a short period of time.
They then die and the virus makes the bodies liquify, bursting open to infect more caterpillars.
By the time I got to hospital my leg was bursting open, it was black.
As he made his way back to the temple, he saw the devastation caused by a cloudburst and the bursting open of a glacier in the upper reaches behind the temple.
It had hit the driver's car before bursting open at the side of the road.
Jones converted all three tries and the floodgates really did look like bursting open.
Water inside skin cells freezes and expands, bursting open cellular membranes (thin barriers surrounding cells).
Pears: One degree when buds are swelling; seven degrees when buds are bursting open; and 15 degrees when they are in the green cluster stage.