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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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