break open

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break open (third-person singular simple present breaks open, present participle breaking open, simple past broke open, past participle broken open)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see break,‎ open.
    Lacking a corkscrew, he broke the bottle open.
  2. To make a breakthrough on a mystery or problem; to cause a breakthrough to be made.
    I think I broke this case open.
    The new evidence has broken this case open.