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break open
  1. v. open with force; "He broke open the the picnic basket"

  2. break open or apart suddenly; "The bubble burst" [syn: burst, split]

  3. erupt or intensify suddenly; "Unrest erupted in the country"; "Tempers flared at the meeting"; "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism" [syn: erupt, irrupt, flare up, flare, burst out]

Usage examples of "break open".

The lieutenants of Theodoric searched for the truth behind these legends, even going so far as to break open some of the old Catacombs along the Appian Way and elsewhere.

The next happening on board the Mandalay which I have to record was the attempt to break open the door of Professor Deeping's stateroom.

I was desperately afraid those unknowns would break open my shell and leave me to die in space.

Burn some crops, destroy some orchards, ravage some towns and break open a part of the irrigation network.

Unperceived by them, he had contrived to break open the crazy door, and there he was!

Lay siege to the church, break open the doors, carry off the damsel, rescue her from the judges, save her from the priests, dismantle the cloisters, burn the bishop in his palace—.

She was trying to break open the front door, then quickly turned and took several shots at me, missing wide to the left and hitting a piece of sculpture.

I saw his face break open and heard a scream come forth from between his stained teeth.

I'll send Fingers over to break open the entry port, go in and make pictorial records of everything there.