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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
In the lifetime of your brand, you should recognize that it could be cracked wide open a number of times for varying reasons.
DAMIEN DUFF last night cracked wide open the brittle shell surrounding Claudio Ranieri's recruitment campaign by demanding more time on the pitch.
Wednesday, who had led twice, were so rattled at this third-goal horror show that they suddenly cracked wide open.