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open the floodgates

To allow for an expanding number of (typically negative) consequences as the result of another related action. Many are worried that the controversial legislation will open the floodgates for other laws that curb free speech.
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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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Drive along Fuyuan Street to Minsheng-Tayou intersection and turn left to enter Guanshan (Keelung River No.5) floodgate.
In a similar scandal involving floodgate projects, 37 companies were ordered by the FTC in December 1979 to stop rigging bids.
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.
All these occurrences, along with the establishment of effective RRGs, will go a long way toward closing the floodgates on the frivolous claims crippling the long-term care industry.
10), and at Rocky Mouth Creek followed a similar trend to AVS, dramatically increasing near and upstream of the disused floodgate (Fig.
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.
What that means, on a day-to-day, practical level is taking a popular mid-category brand, Belvedere, two fledgling brands, Bradford Mountain and Floodgate, establishing a quality benchmark, and wrapping a marketing mystique around them that will create the same kind of lasting customer affinity as a Samuel Adams.
Dredging specifications required a navigable depth of 9 feet for both floodgate cuts.
IT was with great interest I saw the picture of the children in Floodgate Street which was printed in the Birmingham Mail.
The utility said the dam could handle increased flows during a storm slightly more severe than the one that hit the area last weekend with just one working floodgate.
The companya[euro](tm)s existing investors Charles River, Floodgate and Ignition also participated in the financing.
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.
Meanwhile in Digbeth, an old industrial building at 104 Floodgate Street will be transformed into Floodgate Kino, a temporary 250-seat cinema done up in the style of an Edwardian gentleman's club complete with bar and cake shop.
Residents were also badly hit, including those in Mill Street, who say water seeped under a newly-installed floodgate at Chapel Beck.