Definition of “floodgate” - English Dictionary

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“floodgate” in British English

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floodgatenoun [ C usually plural ]

uk /ˈflʌd.ɡeɪt/ us /ˈflʌd.ɡeɪt/

Examples from literature

  • And the floodgates were lifted. 
  • He did not wish many people except Mr. Sidney, who very kindly lent his soft meadow behind the floodgates, to be privy to the matter, which he rightly foresaw would take him to the autumn. 
  • Mr. Sidney saw him while yet far off, and bellowed at him about pig-pounds and floodgates. 

(Definition of “floodgate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)