Please help me to understand the phrase "Cracking open a tinned cocktail on the tube may be frowned upon". I'm confused with the word "open". I can understand this phrase without "open" or with "openly" but what the original construction means?

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    Cracking open is the same as, and colloquial for, opening. Neither open or openly would be grammatical in that sentence. Jun 22, 2019 at 12:54

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"Cracking open a tinned cocktail" means "Opening a tinned cocktail by cracking it". You could also say "Opening a tinned cocktail".

Cracking something (without "open") usually means breaking it, not opening it. "openly" means "publicly" and does not make sense here.

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