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’
    • ‘Freites complained of arm pain after being unseated when Local Forecast bumped a rival shortly after leaving the starting gate in the second race.’
    • ‘Wydick was hurt when Jims Island Girl, her mount in the final race, reared up in the starting gate.’
    • ‘The fracture, which resulted from the muscular exertion of leaving the starting gate, ruptured an internal blood vessel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Horses were nearing the starting gate for the fourth race when the mishap occurred.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The injury occurred when a Quarter Horse flipped in the starting gate with Stevens aboard, pinning his leg against the gate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Juarez suffered a slight cut on his right shin bone in the starting gate mishap and was taken to Loyola University Hospital Sports Clinic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With no overhead superstructure or tall end walls, the starting gate allows greater visibility for spectators, starters, horses and jockeys.’
    • ‘Rakti's Achilles' heel has always been the starting gate.’
    • ‘Gray scrambled into the seat, gathered the reins, and controlled the team, as the terrified horses ran toward the starting gate and certain disaster.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mandella speculated that Pleasantly Perfect injured himself when he kicked the starting gate prior to the race.’
    • ‘The cast are as wired as thoroughbreds at the starting gate for a big race.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

starting gate