Floodgate meaning

flŭd'gāt'
A gate used to control the flow of a body of water.
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Something that restrains a flood or outpouring.

The ruling opened the floodgates to refugees seeking asylum.

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A gate in a stream or canal, to control the height and flow of the water; sluice.
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Anything like this in controlling a flow or an outburst.
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An adjustable gate or valve used to control the flow of water through a sluice.
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(by extension) Anything that controls or limits an outpouring of people, emotion etc.
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