One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Open something forcibly.‘thieves used a stolen car to break open the store's front door’
- ‘Instances of theft and robbery were reported where toolboxes were broken open, implements taken and others scattered around the adjacent bush.’
- ‘From the other side of the house came the sound of splintering wood as the door was broken open.’
- ‘When Mr Moore got there, he claims he found a desk drawer had been broken open and went to the police with a complaint of illegal entry and theft.’
- ‘The door was broken open from the inside, not the outside.’
- ‘Police broke the gates open and ordered pupils back to class, but the pupils refused, and sang anti-police songs.’
- ‘An enslaved boatman spotted one particularly heavy trunk, broke it open, took some of its contents, and threw it into the James River.’
- ‘Inside the room, which was on the top floor of the eight-story apartment block, the officers found that a small safe had been broken open and emptied of its contents.’
- ‘It looks as if the hull was broken open for commercial salvage of the copper in the motors, and perhaps the torpedo tubes were salvaged from the bow at the same time.’
- ‘He kicked again and this time the impact of his heavy boot broke the door open.’
- ‘The most common methods of theft, he said, involved thieves smashing windows, breaking locks open with a screwdriver or similar tool, or forcing metal doors open.’
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