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Is there a verb in the English language that describes the act of opening a can with a tab (like soda, for example). The closest I can get is "cracked open", but I'd like something more concise.

What about in other languages?

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I'd have said if anything, crack open is too "concise". People just crack a can of beer about as often as they crack open a can of beer. Why use two words when one will do? – FumbleFingers Jul 19 '13 at 4:28
Also pop, but crack has a better destructive feel to it. – John Lawler Jul 19 '13 at 4:31
I would likely say pop, but I'm originally from pop territory. – Bradd Szonye Jul 21 '13 at 8:12
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I think the turns of phrase "He pulled the tab on his beer." or "She popped the tab on her cooler." work nicely as alternatives.

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Nice one, thanks! – ghostcode Jul 19 '13 at 8:36

Pop cans are popped — of course. :)

More generally, one even speak of popping a beer can, at least if it has a pop-top cap (which I think all do).

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