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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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In a similar scandal involving floodgate projects, 37 companies were ordered by the FTC in December 1979 to stop rigging bids.
The ratings supplied by Floodgate to consumers are annual as well as the previous three months.
10), and at Rocky Mouth Creek followed a similar trend to AVS, dramatically increasing near and upstream of the disused floodgate (Fig.
GCT) in New Orleans used its water-injection dredge, BT-208, to complete a maintenance dredging project for the USAE District New Orleans at the East and West Calumet floodgates near Morgan City, La.
Unhappily, however, many of the better-off in Birmingham shrank away from the people of Floodgate Street and damned them as criminal and immoral.
Flooding also could occur with a less severe storm if the third floodgate were to malfunction before the contractor finishes repairs to the No.
The recently combined solution consolidates with the McAfeeA ePolicy OrchestratorA (McAfee ePO ) platform, a major component of McAfee's security management offerings, and Icon Labs' Floodgate Software products for embedded devices.
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.
Wild Manufacturing Group was so eager to move from unsuitable premises in Floodgate Street, Digbeth, to remain a viable business that it came close to relocating to the north-east part of the Czech Republic.
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.
IMAX co-Chief Executive Officer Rich Gelfond said the success of ``Polar,'' which will be rereleased on the giant screen in November, has opened a floodgate of opportunity for a company that once offered mostly educational documentary-style films to its customers.
Furthermore, in some backswamp environments, tidal waters may not have sufficient neutralising agents to warrant floodgate modifications and other remediation methods may be more cost-effective.
Bras of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who chairs a panel reviewing the environmental impact of the floodgate project.