break open

phrasal verb

broke open; broken open; breaking open; breaks open
: to open or to cause (something) to open suddenly
The pods broke open and the seeds scattered on the wind.
The police broke open the door.
The burglars broke the locked safe open.

Examples of break open in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web State and local leaders don't think the Panguitch Lake Dam is in imminent danger of breaking open but have told residents to be prepared to evacuate if conditions worsen. CBS News, 11 Apr. 2024 Instant reaction to Oregon defeating South Carolina 87-73 in the first round of the NCAAs … This was a stellar performance from the Ducks, who broke open a close game early in the second half and thumped the No. 6 seed in the Midwest region. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024 The tiki torch top can break open and/or fall off while lit, posing a burn hazard. Neal Riley, CBS News, 29 Mar. 2024 The agency posted a notice Thursday saying the recall affects Berkley Jensen Citronella 72-inch tiki torches because the top can break open and call off while lit. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2024 An orthopedic doctor diagnosed the mom of four from Bozeman, Montana, with a herniated disk, which happens when the rubbery cushions between your spinal bones move out of place or break open. Ashley Abramson, SELF, 29 Feb. 2024 Soft wood breaks open, revealing beetles burrowing — too quick to count. Lori Vogt Rosone, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024 The security box where the agents had kept a key was broken open, and a new mailbox had been placed out front. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Half Moon Bay 61, Burlingame 43 Leading 30-25 at halftime, Half Moon Bay outscored Burlingame 23-8 in the third quarter to break open the nonleague game as the host Cougars upped their record to 10-2. Delaney Dorwin scored 29 points to lead HMB. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, 6 Jan. 2024

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“Break open.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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