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starting gate

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noun
  1. 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
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starting gate

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