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throw open

Make more accessible, especially suddenly or dramatically, as in His withdrawal threw open the nomination to all comers. [ Mid-1800s ]
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  • Ailwin agreed, and was going to throw open the door, when Oliver stopped her hand.

    The Settlers at Home Harriet Martineau
  • throw open the curtains and blinds, let God's sunshine and fresh air in.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • For a few moments she hesitated, then mustered up courage enough to turn the key in the forbidden lock and throw open the door.

    Mighty Mikko Parker Fillmore
  • Let the will throw open the door, and the life will flood the soul.

  • He wishes you to throw open the door of her room, and to enter quickly--upon your knees.

    The Penalty Gouverneur Morris
  • Nevertheless he did not at once throw open his arms to them.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • Throw wide open the doors; throw open the windows of the soul.

    Nuggets of the New Thought William Walker Atkinson,
  • throw open the window, Fergus, till we have a chat with him.

    The Tithe-Proctor William Carleton
  • But Walter made no attempt to throw open the closed windows.

    The Wizard's Son, vol. 3 Margaret Oliphant
  • And the moment I say, "Sexton, it's warm in here," throw open the window.

    The Tree That Saved Connecticut Henry Fisk Carlton

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