Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb break_open

3 senses of break open

Sense 1
break open -- (open with force; "He broke open the picnic basket")
       => open, open up -- (cause to open or to become open; "Mary opened the car door")

Sense 2
burst, split, break open -- (come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure; "The bubble burst")
       => break, separate, split up, fall apart, come apart -- (become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart")

Sense 3
erupt, irrupt, flare up, flare, break open, burst out -- (erupt or intensify suddenly; "Unrest erupted in the country"; "Tempers flared at the meeting"; "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism")
       => intensify, deepen -- (become more intense; "The debate intensified"; "His dislike for raw fish only deepened in Japan")

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