a combining form extracted from Watergate, occurring as the final element in journalistic coinages, usually nonce words, that name scandals resulting from concealed crime or other alleged improprieties in government or business: Koreagate.
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British Dictionary definitions for -gate
n combining form
indicating a person or thing that has been the cause of, or is associated with, a public scandalIrangate; Camillagate
Word Origin for -gate
C20: on the analogy of Watergate
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