crack the door (open)

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crack the door (open)

To open a door slightly. It's so hot in here—can we at least crack the door open?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

crack the door (open)

 and crack the window (open)
to open the door or window a very small amount. I cracked open the door to peek out. Just crack the window a bit to let some air inside.
See also: crack, door
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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