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 for break open
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  break open
      v 1: open with force; "He broke open the picnic basket"
      2: come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal
         pressure; "The bubble burst" [syn: burst, split, break
      3: erupt or intensify suddenly; "Unrest erupted in the country";
         "Tempers flared at the meeting"; "The crowd irrupted into a
         burst of patriotism" [syn: erupt, irrupt, flare up,
         flare, break open, burst out]

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