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crack open

1. To open something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crack" and "open." It's too hot in here—can we crack open a window? We cracked open a bottle of wine to celebrate finishing our first year of grad school.
2. To break open. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crack" and "open." The earthquake cracked the highway wide open.
3. To expose something scandalous or deceptive. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crack" and "open." That company's stock price plummeted after the media cracked open the CEO's embezzlement scandal. An anonymous tip to the police is what cracked the theft ring wide open.
See also: crack, open

crack something(wide) open

 
1. Lit. to crack or split something. An incredible eruption cracked the volcano wide open.
2. Fig. to expose and reveal some great wrongdoing. The police cracked the drug ring wide open. The newspaper story cracked the trouble at city hall wide open.
See also: crack, open

crack open

[for something brittle] to break or split open. The egg cracked open and a chick worked its way out. The side of the mountain cracked open and molten lava flowed out.
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And if they ask how you prepared the chestnuts, you can tell them the story of the street children of Divisoria, who know instinctively how to crack open a chestnut.
Chimpanzees use a variety of tools in a range of contexts, including stones to crack open nuts, and sticks to harvest aggressive army ants.
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In this way, they didn't have to crack open the rocks and risk damaging the ancient plants and insects.
Chimpanzees use stones to crack open hard-shelled nuts in Cameroon's Ebo Forest, more than 1,700 kilometers (1,000 miles) east of a river previously thought to have prevented the inland spread of this behavior.
Pinos's resolution of the archetypal high-rise problem of the connection between vertical and horizontal elements is to crack open and fold the ground surface, to create a fragmentary landscape of manicured garden, expansive stairs, balustrades that turn into benches, and fissure-like gaps offering hints of the underworld.
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My first thought here was of Repulsion, the Polanski film of 1965 in which walls crack open and hands reach forth at Catherine Deneuve's dubious heroine.
Clouds curdle round it, crack open, let it through.
you could crack open a dozen of 'era and not get much to scramble."
She describes, for example, the dilemma of a black mother caught between not wanting to squelch her child's identity and creativity and not wanting a cop to crack open the child's head because it is adorned with dreadlocks.
Normally, to reach a failing heart, surgeons must saw through the breastbone and crack open ribs.