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floodgate

[ fluhd-geyt ]
/ ˈflʌdˌgeɪt /
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noun

Civil Engineering. a gate designed to regulate the flow of water.
anything serving to control the indiscriminate flow or passage of something.

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Origin of floodgate

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at flood, gate1
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British Dictionary definitions for floodgate

floodgate
/ (ˈflʌdˌɡeɪt) /

noun

Also called: head gate, water gate a gate in a sluice that is used to control the flow of waterSee also sluicegate
(often plural) a control or barrier against an outpouring or flowto open the floodgates to immigration
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