crack open

Meaning(s)

1. Open something sealed, make a breakthrough

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crack open a window

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The phrasal verb to 'crack open' can mean to open something which is sealed, such as to 'crack open a bottle' of something alcoholic, or to 'crack open a can'. To 'crack open' something can also mean to open or unlock something so you can 'crack open' a door or a window'. To crack open something can also mean to expose or reveal something.

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  1. It is far too stuffy in here, does anyone mind if I crack open a window?
  2. The new piece of evidence that the detective uncovered cracked the case wide open, and eventually led to the murderer's arrest.
  3. He cracked an egg open on the side of the mixing bowl.

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  1. I think we should celebrate winning the award by cracking open some good champagne.
  2. Her report cracked open a number of serious breaches and allegations in the hierarchy of the company.

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