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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: crack, open
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
At last the fields round them cracked and starred in every direction, and the cracks opened and snapped like the teeth of wolves.
MARCH '18: The Q&A interview with Tony Taccone ("History Cracks Open, Again") reflected an early draft; a more thorough and accurately edited version appears at americantheatre.org/2018/2/20/history-cracks-open-again.
This executive summary provides a glimpse of the education and earnings game, and cracks open the rule book for examination.
He cracks open eggs 24/7 to make statistics to help you through the day.
Globe editorial page editor Renee Loth might holler, "Get me rewrite!" Whoever first cracks open the Associated Press Stylebook will discover the entry for off of: "The of is unnecessary: He fell off the bed.
Once he gets to the van, he jumps in the back, cracks open a beer, and tells the driver to get a move on.
So, like a heart surgeon, Jesus cracks open the scripture and burns the words of faith on their broken hearts.
Written in terse Aussie slang-riddled prose reminiscent of beat poetry, Ranulfo cracks open the mind of every adolescent to let us hear the fiery pain and confusion that painfully forge the seeds of wisdom.
(Cracks open almond shell.) That's just going to slide out wonderfully." (Successfully takes out almond.)
In conventional bypass surgery, a doctor cuts a 30.5-centimeter (12-inch) incision from neck to abdomen, then saws into the breastbone and cracks open the ribcage to expose the heart.
Cavernous potholes and spidery networks of cracks open up in the pavement.
The commitment to a form of standardization is the great link between Minimalism and Pop art; it also recalls forerunners such as Leger and, in Andre's case, the avowed paradigm of Brancusi's "Endless Columns." But with Andre - though not when working with bricks but with timbers or metal plates - no sooner are modular forms put there than they start to change, responding to time and chance: tiny gaps appear between the plates, gaps that on uneven floors become increasingly untidy, and each plate comes to have its surface scratched in a different way; in wooden sculptures cracks open up and Widen, differently in every unit.
Residents of the Kerio escarpment in Elgeyo Marakwet County are fearful after cracks opened up following heavy rain.
The cave cracks opens just wide enough for an outstretched hand to