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"open the floodgates" in British English

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open the floodgates

If an action or a decision opens the floodgates, it allows something to happen a lot or allows many people to do something that was not previously allowed: Officials are worried that allowing these refugees into the country will open the floodgates to thousands more.
(Definition of open the floodgates from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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open the floodgates

to make it possible for something to happen in great numbers: The court's decision could open the floodgates for many similar cases.
(Definition of open the floodgates from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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