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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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
The country, dry and parched as it was, consisting of a clayey soil that cracked open with the heat, seemed, indeed, a desert: here and there were a few traces of caravans; the bones of men and animals, that had been half-gnawed away, mouldering together in the same dust.
A SHELL-SHOCKED mum hit the breakfast jackpot when she and her husband cracked open two boxes of eggs - and all 12 were double yolkers.
Last week, an iPhone 8 user said her device cracked open while it was being charged.
THESE identical twin sisters did a double take when they were cooking a fry-up and cracked open four double yolk eggs.
As for me, I would have cracked open the champagne whoever had won.
Cracked Open is not only for people struggling with infertility, but the general reader wishing to stay informed on the health and safety of new technologies in the field of women's reproductive health.
Dear old Ann cracked open an egg and found it had four yolks in it.
Exeter is very white and middle-class and it needs to be cracked open a bit" - Actress Emma Thompson (pictured) discussing Exeter University.
The grandmother of three was taking a midnight shower when the bath cracked open, causing her to slip and get wedged in.
At least I thought so until I cracked open the pages.
ARCHAEOLOGISTS fully unveiled the first tomb discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in over 80 years, and cracked open the last of seven sarcophagi inside to reveal embalming materials and jewellery.
COMEDIAN Ken Dodd cracked open the champagne to mark the completion of the new Radio Merseyside building in Liverpool city centre.
Researchers saw them feast on mussels that the submersible cracked open when landing.
Afterwards, scientists watched as the desert surface cracked open along a rift, or boundary along which two slowly moving rock plates separate.
I was & have been--& still have terrible pangs of terror when I feel that my career, work, veneer of accomplishments would be taken away (by [the House Un-American Activities Committee], or by critics) that I panicked & crumbled & returned to that primitive state of terror--the face of Jerry Robbins would be cracked open, and behind everyone would finally see Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz.