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1    aperture, breach, break, chink, cleft, crack, fissure, gap, hole, interstice, orifice, perforation, rent, rupture, slot, space, split, vent  
2    break     (informal)   chance, look-in     (informal)   occasion, opportunity, place, vacancy, window  
3    beginning, birth, commencement, dawn, inauguration, inception, initiation, kickoff     (informal)   launch, launching, onset, opening move, outset, overture, start  
4    beginning, commencing, early, first, inaugural, initial, initiatory, introductory, maiden, primary  
1    blockage, cessation, closing, closure, obstruction, occlusion, plug, seal, stoppage  
3    close, completion, conclusion, culmination, ending, finale, finish, termination, winding up     (informal)  
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