Definition of Break open

1. Verb. Open with force. "They want to break open the doors"; "He broke open the picnic basket"

Generic synonyms: Open, Open Up

2. Verb. Come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure. "The wooden sticks break open "; "The bubble burst"
Exact synonyms: Burst, Split
Specialized synonyms: Pop, Blow, Stave, Stave In
Generic synonyms: Break, Come Apart, Fall Apart, Separate, Split Up
Derivative terms: Burst, Split

3. Verb. Erupt or intensify suddenly. "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism"
Exact synonyms: Burst Out, Erupt, Flare, Flare Up, Irrupt
Generic synonyms: Deepen, Intensify
Derivative terms: Eruption, Flare-up, Irruption

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Break Open

break loose
break new ground
break of dawn
break of day
break of serve
break of the day
break off
break on the wheel
break one's arm patting oneself on the back
break one's back
break one's duck
break one's fall
break one's fast
break one's lance
break one off
break open (current term)
break out
break point
break points
break ranks
break room
break rooms
break seal
break shock
break short
break silence
break someone's heart
break stride
break the Sabbath
break the back of

Literary usage of Break open

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Historia Placitorum Coronae: The History of the Pleas of the Crown by Sollom Emlyn, Matthew Hale (1847)
"579, 580, 583 For what end constable, or any other, during affray, may break open doors, unless one dangerously wounded or killed. 589. ii. ..."

2. The Law of the Office and Duties of the Sheriff: With the Writs and Forms by Alexander Carmichael Bruce, Cameron Churchill (1879)
"And further, when the sheriff's officer who has entered a house to distrain, or execute process, is forcibly ejected, he may If de- ^ break open the door in ..."

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