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|Verb||1.||break open - open with force; "He broke open the picnic basket"|
|2.||break open - come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure; "The bubble burst"|
pop - burst open with a sharp, explosive sound; "The balloon popped"; "This popcorn pops quickly in the microwave oven"
blow - burst suddenly; "The tire blew"; "We blew a tire"
|3.||break open - erupt or intensify suddenly; "Unrest erupted in the country"; "Tempers flared at the meeting"; "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism"|