Definition of open something up in US English:

open something up

phrasal verb

  • 1informal Accelerate a motor vehicle.

    • ‘I put the trim one notch above dead even, and opened the throttle up all the way.’
    • ‘The ignition key was turned, the motor purred then, as the throttle was opened up, the motor roared and the bows lifted and we skimmed across the smooth gin clear water heading for Miller Creek.’
    • ‘The engineer on the throttle slowly opened it up and the machine sniffed, then slowly the piston arm came down, up again.’
    • ‘After putting on life vests, Ronnie started the motor and we moved off slowly as the throttle was opened up.’
  • 2(of an athlete or team) create an advantage for one's side.

    ‘he opened up a lead of 14–8’
    • ‘Mobley's ability to create shots for himself and others should open things up considerably for PG Steve Francis, who has been facing more and more double-teams.’
    • ‘You have a lot more power plays and you get ahead and the other teams have to open it up.’
    • ‘After apparently holding the Keighley attack at bay with some sterling defence, referee Mr McDonagh awarded a penalty for off-side. Harrison duly obliged to open a gap up at 6-10.’
    • ‘We're not playing with enough confidence and we don't seem to be getting into the right areas of the field to be able to open teams up.’
    • ‘You have to provide guile, craft and quality service through to your frontmen to open teams up at this level.’
    • ‘He has played a more balanced game this season, but the team needs him to be more aggressive on offense because he opens things up for his teammates.’
    • ‘We're going to open the game up and have five basketball players on the floor and all are going to do the same.’
    • ‘Davis' presence also will help open things up for a downfield passing game.’
    • ‘He can score in bunches, and that opens things up for his teammates.’
    • ‘You definitely enjoy watching some of the teams that open it up a little bit more but you have a huge respect and appreciation for the teams that always seem to win.’