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English definition of “floodgates”

floodgates

noun
 
 
/ˈflʌdɡeɪts/
open the floodgates (to/for sth) to allow a new situation or activity to develop and become very common: Changes being considered could open the floodgates and allow foreign markets to sell almost any stock to almost anyone in this country.
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