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starting gate

any of various types of movable barriers for lining up and giving an equal start to the entries in a horse or dog race.
Origin of starting gate
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • While we were circling down I felt exactly as one feels at the start of a race, watching for the starting gate to rise.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • He drilled every last one of his two-year-olds till the starting gate was no more to them than so much steel and wood and webbing.

  • King trembled—perhaps as a racehorse trembles at the starting gate, though he was weary enough to tremble from fatigue.

  • I patted Tapwater's flank, and so help me Newton, I think that one gentle tap pushed the colt half way to the starting gate!

British Dictionary definitions for starting gate

starting gate

a movable barrier so placed on the starting line of a racecourse that the raising of it releases all the contestants simultaneously
the US name for starting stalls
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