Definition of starting gate in English:

starting gate

noun

usually the starting gate
  • A restraining structure incorporating a barrier that is raised at the start of a race, typically in horse racing and skiing, to ensure a simultaneous start.

    ‘the first man out of the starting gate’
    figurative ‘we must increase productivity, otherwise we risk being left at the starting gate’
    • ‘Juarez suffered a slight cut on his right shin bone in the starting gate mishap and was taken to Loyola University Hospital Sports Clinic.’
    • ‘The British Jockey Club has drawn the ire of bettors by allowing the result of Monday's feature race at Epsom to stand despite several stalls in the starting gate opening late.’
    • ‘Jockey Rafael Bejarano was injured when Sadler's Charm flipped in the starting gate prior to the fifth race on Monday at Saratoga Race Course.’
    • ‘The injury occurred when a Quarter Horse flipped in the starting gate with Stevens aboard, pinning his leg against the gate.’
    • ‘The cast are as wired as thoroughbreds at the starting gate for a big race.’
    • ‘The fracture, which resulted from the muscular exertion of leaving the starting gate, ruptured an internal blood vessel.’
    • ‘The daughter of Dixieland Heat shot from the starting gate that afternoon and set the pace before being outdueled by a half-length by Squirtle Squirt.’
    • ‘Jockey Ed Cervantes was injured and taken to a hospital on Tuesday when his mount flipped in the starting gate before the fourth race at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota.’
    • ‘A series of problems at the starting gate in his last several races indicated that the colt was a little sour, Baffert said, and he was given a break from racing.’
    • ‘Mandella speculated that Pleasantly Perfect injured himself when he kicked the starting gate prior to the race.’
    • ‘Jockey Darryll Holland has been aboard the bay horse for his last five starts and was particularly thrilled to hear his mount would be in the starting gate for the Turf.’
    • ‘Freites complained of arm pain after being unseated when Local Forecast bumped a rival shortly after leaving the starting gate in the second race.’
    • ‘Horses were nearing the starting gate for the fourth race when the mishap occurred.’
    • ‘Homeister suffered a gash to her right knee and cuts to her lip when her mount, two-year-old filly Jolie Good, swerved out of the starting gate and crashed into the temporary rail.’
    • ‘With no overhead superstructure or tall end walls, the starting gate allows greater visibility for spectators, starters, horses and jockeys.’
    • ‘Wydick was hurt when Jims Island Girl, her mount in the final race, reared up in the starting gate.’
    • ‘The start of the race was delayed when Dance Daily, with John Velasquez in the saddle, banged her head through the starting gate and was scratched.’
    • ‘Rakti's Achilles' heel has always been the starting gate.’
    • ‘Reed sustained the fatal injury while attempting to load three-year-old Okie River Girl into the starting gate before the fifth race on Saturday.’
    • ‘Gray scrambled into the seat, gathered the reins, and controlled the team, as the terrified horses ran toward the starting gate and certain disaster.’

Pronunciation

starting gate