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floodgatesnoun

uk   us   /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 ​allowforeignmarkets to ​sell almost any ​stock to almost anyone in this country.
(Definition of floodgates from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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