Definition of floodgate in English:


Line breaks: flood|gate
Pronunciation: /ˈflʌdgeɪt


  • 1A gate that can be opened or closed to admit or exclude water, especially the lower gate of a lock.
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    • 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 (the floodgates) A last restraint holding back an outpouring of something powerful or substantial: his lawsuit could open the floodgates for thousands of similar claims
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    • 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.

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