open the floodgates

Definition of open the floodgates

:to remove something serving to restrain an outburst
  • Many people fear that the court's latest ruling will open the floodgates for/to a host of new lawsuits.

Word by Word Definitions

open play
  1. : having no enclosing or confining barrier : accessible on all or nearly all sides

  2. : being in a position or adjustment to permit passage : not shut or locked

  3. : having a barrier (such as a door) so adjusted as to allow passage

  1. : to move (something, such as a door) from a closed position

  2. : to make available for entry or passage by turning back (something, such as a barrier) or removing (something, such as a cover or an obstruction)

  3. : to make available for or active in a regular function

  1. : opening

  2. : open and unobstructed space: such as

  3. : open air

floodgate play floodgates
  1. : a gate for shutting out, admitting, or releasing a body of water : sluice

  2. : something serving to restrain an outburst


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