floodgate


flood·gate

noun \ˈfləd-ˌgāt\

: a gate for controlling the flow of water from a lake, river, reservoir, etc.

Full Definition of FLOODGATE

1
:  a gate for shutting out, admitting, or releasing a body of water :  sluice
2
:  something serving to restrain an outburst <opened the floodgates of criticism>

Origin of FLOODGATE

Middle English flodgate
First Known Use: 13th century

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