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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.
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She says every time I go before these kids I see my son and I'm cracked wide open. I'm just tired so she did it for many, many years and I supported her in that but when she said she wanted to retire it, I respected that as well but we definitely still are very much champions of school safety and gun violence especially as it relates to being on a school campus, the one place where you are supposed to be safe."
It was a thin layer of ice he was standing upon, which cracked wide open and there he went inside the crevice.
The overlying crust would have cracked wide open to accommodate the increased volume.
My anti-Glock armor was cracked wide open. Glocks in .45 ACE .45 GAP, and 10mm were soon added to my shooting battery and although they worked perfectly I normally went with something smaller for concealed carry.
As a result, the Soviet system cracked wide open and the Berlin Wall came down.
Whatever, it's now cracked wide open and, no matter what you want, you can't glue it, or them, back together.
But the Steve and JK mutual appreciation society cracked wide open recently - when Steve decided to publish the Lexicon in book form.
"Once word got out on this, it cracked wide open. I've heard from people from all over the place, as far away as Europe, who are interested in this, which we believe is the first such symposium on Tristano," Falco said.
Although Wrexham restored some of their shattered pride this week by taking Birmingham to extra time in the Carling Cup, their defence was cracked wide open by both Accrington and Stockport, who scored five apiece.
Your brand's image will be cracked wide open a number of times for varying reasons at some point in its lifetime.
However, the Galway defence, never looking comfortable as a unit, was cracked wide open with Tipperary striking for two goals in as many minutes.
At a time when the electricity market is being cracked wide open in the EU, the Commission is failing to even justify the costly rescue bid for one of the key players.
The Ebbw Vale dam cracked wide open for four tries in 13 minutes after a dull scoreless opening quarter.
A tree, and the odd engine cylinder or two, aren't the only things that crack in the new London revival of "All My Sons." As directed, rivetingly, by Howard Davies, Arthur Miller's first Broadway hit is cracked wide open to expose a harrowing examination of the human psyche stripped bare.
In the future, the world is about to be cracked wide open by a Heroes-led disaster, while Nathan is American President and Sylar is a friendly house husband.