crack (something) wide open

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crack (something) wide open

1. To break something open. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crack" and "open." The earthquake cracked the highway wide open.
2. 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 the CEO's embezzlement scandal wide open. An anonymous tip to the police is what cracked the theft ring wide open.
See also: crack, open, wide
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The important thing about Australia is they love applying pressure to the opposition and just watching them crack wide open.
They are well capable of scoring a few points of their own but, as former Aussie star Mark Ella said yesterday: "The Scottish side will crack wide open towards the end of the match.
This may yet mean that the Bush years, lacking Reagan's unifying presence, will be a time when things around Culture Alley can crack wide open again.
By combining Riverstone's ability to provide profitable services over virtually any network infrastructure, and ZTE's extensive sales and service capability, we aim to crack wide open the Chinese broadband market.
It's time to crack wide open the closed books of other market participants," said Mr.