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English verb: break open

1. break open (contact) open with force


SamplesHe broke open the picnic basket.


ExamplesThey want to break open the doors


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)open, open up

2. break open (change) come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure


SamplesThe bubble burst.


Synonymsburst, split


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up


Narrower (hyponym)blow, pop, stave, stave in

3. break open (change) erupt or intensify suddenly


SamplesUnrest erupted in the country.
Tempers flared at the meeting.
The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism.


Synonymsburst out, erupt, flare, flare up, irrupt


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)deepen, intensify









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