open the floodgates

open the floodgates

To allow for a great many things to happen or people to do something as the result of a another related action. Many are worried that the controversial legislation will open the floodgates for other laws that curb free speech and open dissent.
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open the floodgates

COMMON If an event, action, or decision opens the floodgates, it makes it possible or likely that a particular thing will be done by many people or happen a lot of times. Giving in to the strikers' demands would open the floodgates to demands by workers in other state-owned industries. The floodgates were opened yesterday for cheaper new cars for thousands of motorists. Note: You can also say that the floodgates open. If a company talks about introducing a wireless Lan, they have to be aware that the floodgates will open.
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open the floodgates

remove the last restraint holding back an outpouring of something powerful or substantial.
2001 Business Week Magazine HMOs and employer groups counter that challenges to the state laws have slowed litigation, but the Senate bill would open the floodgates to new suits.
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open the ˈfloodgates (to something)


1 remove the restrictions or controls which for a long time have prevented a lot of people from doing something they want to do: If the case is successful, it may open the floodgates to more damages claims against the industry.
2 do something which allows somebody to express feelings which have been kept under control for a long time: The discussion sessions allow people to open the floodgates to their deepest fears.
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A COUNCILLOR has raised fears that the approval of a 22-metre high wind turbine could open the floodgates for many more in Birmingham.
The "sunset clause" provision would allow changes if they open the floodgates to women wanting to end their pregnancies.
GOLF: Sir Nick Faldo believes Graeme McDowell's US Open triumph can open the floodgates for more Europeans - as happened 30 years ago when Seve Ballesteros broke through in America.
If we lose it will open the floodgates to developers poaching the large back gardens of homes in Guisborough Road.
Padraig Harrington's victory at The Open was great for European golf and could open the floodgates.
Many coach and limo drivers seem to have no qualms whatsoever in pulling over and opening the doors, or more to open the floodgates, regardless of whether any women or children are passing by.
President Jagdeo said that the passing of the proposed legislation will in no way open the floodgates for widespread gambling, since only visitors to Guyana will be allowed to use the casinos.
Many of us view this as the event that will open the floodgates to the development of many privately owned parcels in the area,'' Drayman said.
This program--which would provide legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already here and open the floodgates for many millions more to come--does not make sense if the purpose is to secure our borders.
The move could open the floodgates to similar claims for refunds.
The eyebrow-raising ad, geared to allay French fears that the European Union will open the floodgates for Polish workers to steal French jobs, may inadvertently attract an influx of gay tourists to Poland.
Bishop Ingham, however, warned that acceding to the primates' request could open the floodgates to future demands.
The massive inundation, rather than resulting from the series of storms that had soaked the region for months, occurred when engineers at Arizona's Glen Canyon Dam cranked open the floodgates to send extra water downstream.
A brazen $600 million bid from Madison Square Garden to develop the Hudson Yards could open the floodgates to other developers with ambitions for better utilizing the site for mixed-use.
Make no mistake,if this goes through it will open the floodgates.