bust (someone or something) wide open

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bust (someone or something) wide open

To deliver a violent physical attack. In this usage, a person's name or pronoun is often, but not always, used between "bust" and "up." The captain of the football team swore he would bust me wide open if I ever talked to his girlfriend again. I can't believe that skinny kid busted the school bully wide open!
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bust someone wide open

Sl. to beat someone severely. (An exaggeration. Bust is a nonstandard form of burst.) If you ever take a step onto my property, I'll bust you wide open. Jim threatened to bust Bill wide open.
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I next found one cartridge case busted wide open and minus its primer about 30 yards behind me.
Last fall, a massive auto lease theft ring was busted wide open, exposing an elaborate fraud arrangement concocted in large part by Tomas Manrique, 51, owner of Wachovia Auto Sales, and Todd Javon Smith Jr.
But thanks to parole agent James Simmons and parole supervisor Reginald Jones, two persistent officers with the Illinois Department of Corrections, the case was not only cracked, it was busted wide open.