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crack open (third-person singular simple present cracks open, present participle cracking open, simple past and past participle cracked open)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see crack,‎ open.
    I cracked open the fossilised rock with a hammer.
  2. (informal) To open (a bottle, can, etc. of drink, especially alcoholic drink), especially in order to celebrate; also extended to other packaged items.
    Let's crack open a few beers and get the party started.
    After Christmas dinner we cracked open a box of chocolates.
  3. (informal) To start reading (a book).