Definition of floodgate in English:

floodgate

noun

  • 1A gate that can be opened or closed to admit or exclude water, especially the lower gate of a lock.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso decided to open the floodgate after much pressure from local residents in southern areas, who ran amok on Friday, as they could no longer bear being continually flooded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jerry gave Jenny a boost as she crossed the closed floodgate.’
    1. 1.1the floodgates A last restraint holding back an outpouring of something powerful or substantial.
      ‘his lawsuit could open the floodgates for thousands of similar claims’
      • ‘Local residents objected, claiming that it could open the floodgates for potentially harmful materials to be stored.’
      • ‘It's this kind of attitude that has prised open the floodgates for all manner of garden ornaments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The moment his feet stepped across the threshold the memories came flooding back like a floodgate had been opened, ironically causing simultaneous feelings of joy and sadness to nearly overwhelm him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It could open the floodgates for offenders brought back to jail after committing crimes.’
      • ‘He added that if the application was passed, it could open the floodgates for many other farmers to put turbines on their land.’
      • ‘To wish for love is like opening a floodgate for emotion.’
      • ‘But a drive to cut waiting times could open the floodgates for more cabbies to take to the streets.’
      • ‘The move is going to open the floodgates for showing Bollywood films in Pakistan.’
      • ‘A decision allowing Tesco to stock jeans without Levi's consent would open the floodgates for other branded goods to be sold cheaply in Britain.’
      • ‘He said he hoped the victory would open the floodgates for other soldiers affected by Gulf War Syndrome.’
      • ‘I hope it does open the floodgates for compensation.’
      • ‘If a few cities like Toowoomba can be assisted in leading the way, it should open the floodgates for other cities and towns to take the same step.’
      • ‘The 12-year-old test case may open the floodgates for a spate of litigation against local authorities.’
      • ‘His victory could open the floodgates for other claims.’
      • ‘However, the profession is strongly opposed to any such move because it fears it would open the floodgates for malicious claims against its members.’
      • ‘They fear that it could open the floodgates for similar walls - and ruin the character of the green area.’
      • ‘It would open the floodgates for highways obstructions.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

floodgate

/ˈflʌdɡeɪt/