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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Later, in a dream sequence, his head detaches from his body, sinks through a pool of blood on the floor and falls onto the street below, cracking wide open.
In Lake Jackson, about 50 miles south of Houston, residents call the soil gumbo - and the mixture of clay and sand is cracking wide open.
Mr Robertson said Mr Draskovic's comments "show that inside the system the facade of unity is cracking wide open and we know that there is deep discontent inside the military high command at the damage that is being done for negligible return.
This campaign is thoroughly volatile right now - it's cracking wide open," said Ruth Griffin of Portsmouth, a local office holder, veteran Republican operative and strong backer of Dole.