- 1A gate that can be opened or closed to admit or exclude water, especially the lower gate of a lock.More example sentences
- In Manggarai, South Jakarta, flood victims tried to take matters into their own hands and open a floodgate to allow the water to drain from their homes.
- Then, finally throwing the switch he opened the floodgate to the sluice, and let the water roll out into the place that was once the White River.
- Landing hard she ignored the twinge that shot up her leg, stumbling past the daemon to the control platform and shoving the wheel around to fully open the floodgate.
- 1.1 (usually the floodgates) A last restraint holding back an outpouring of something powerful or substantial: his lawsuit could open the floodgates for thousands of similar claimsMore example sentences
- His success is expected to open the floodgates for American cycling, as Armstrong's feats can now command the front pages of most American papers and magazines.
- They want the syndrome to be recognised - which would open the floodgates for compensation claims - and for it to be tackled ahead of any future conflict.
- Analysts believe a positive reaction to the issue could open the floodgates for dozens of other high-tech firms which have been waiting for the market to improve.