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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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The problem could have derived from a faulty battery in the device that swelled and caused the smartphone crack open due to pressure.
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 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.
So whether you've been able to crack open the bubbly or you're still sitting on the sofa shaking your head in disbelief, I want to hear your story.
To crack open The Scene Stealer is more like watching a film than devouring a novel.
All four coaches are modest, saying there's no secret to their success other than hard work and good students who are willing to study for hours on end, months before other teams even crack open a book.
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.
CRACK open a beer, switch off the phone and enjoy another double bill of the classic US comedy series set in the famous Boston bar.
Normally, to reach a failing heart, surgeons must saw through the breastbone and crack open ribs.
In "Mercy me: How to crack open a hardened heart" (pages 12-17), theologian and storyteller John Shea continues his exploration of the sacraments as a spiritual path by looking in on a family drifting toward the edge of crisis.
Voucher advocates know the extent of opposition to their undemocratic goals (30 years of statewide referenda results registering two to one opposition and an August 1996 Gallup poll showing 61 percent to 36 percent opposition), so they are cynically trying to use the poor, our society's indifference to urban problems, and the pleasant sound of the word choice as battering rams to crack open the floodgates of public funding for selective, special interest private schools.
To do this, they need to declare a reading day, when they crack open those journals, books, and magazines that have served primarily as dust-mote condos in the corners of their offices.