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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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Many of the in Birmingham away from Floodgate damned criminal Many of the in Birmingham away from Floodgate damned criminal When a new baby was born, "my tears come at this stage because I see myself carrying up a bowl of water, soap and towels and helping my Mom wash the younger ones".
In total, the new lane will have 16 floodgates, eight on the Pacific Ocean side, and eight on the Atlantic side.
One EWEB official has said there are concerns about possible flooding if a major storm were to arrive, or the third floodgate were to fail before the repairs on the first floodgate are completed by mid-January.
The rush of waters from the floodgate will likely sink an area of 3,000 square miles, at a depth of 25 feet in some places.
A large floodgate project in Japan costs billions of yen, and the annual market is estimated at 60-70 billion yen.
One of the ways Floodgate is selling the idea to retailers is by highlighting the benefit to the retailer of receiving a wealth of information about the retailers customer service programs.
To date, the primary method to predict the potential impacts of tidal flows on drainage systems involves short-term floodgate openings and sandbagging of suspected overtopping hotspots.
FAIR contends that increasing the number of asylum grants could potentially open the floodgates to a host of illegal immigrants, something that Karen Musalo, director of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies in San Francisco, disagrees with.
In addition to official facilities such as the Floodgate Street Board School, a number of charities focused on the area.
Flooding also could occur with a less severe storm if the third floodgate were to malfunction before the contractor finishes repairs to the No.
Icon Labs, says that its Floodgate embedded software solution has received "McAfee Compatible" status.
TM) (CSS), one of the nation's leading sellers of residential solar power systems, announced today that it has received Series A funding from FLOODGATE, a seed stage venture capital firm with deep expertise in consumer and enterprise software.
Floodgate has developed a product that comprises an expandable steel frame that can be quickly fitted into a doorway or opening to act as a barrier against water intrusion.
Residents were also badly hit, including those in Mill Street, who say water seeped under a newly-installed floodgate at Chapel Beck.
My wife and I are sick with worry that we could be flooded again if we don't get a floodgate.