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Verb: break open  breyk ow-pun
  1. Open with force
    "He broke open the picnic basket"
     
  2. Come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure
    - burst, split
     
  3. Erupt or intensify suddenly
    - erupt, irrupt, flare up, flare, burst out

Derived forms: breaks open, breaking open, broke open, broken open

Type of: break, come apart, deepen, fall apart, intensify, open, open up, separate, split up

Encyclopedia: Break open