open the floodgates

idiom

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.

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“Open the floodgates.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/open%20the%20floodgates. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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