One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A gate of a town or castle opening on to a lake, river, or sea.
- ‘The flotilla must have been an impressive sight as it sailed up the Thames to the watergate at Westminster palace.’
- ‘The little street leads to a watergate, a beach and limestone sea-cliffs.’
- 1.1archaic A sluice; a floodgate.
A US political scandal in which an attempt in 1972 to bug the national headquarters of the Democratic Party (in the Watergate building in Washington DC) led to the resignation of President Nixon (1974).
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