starting gate


Definition of starting gate

1 : a mechanically operated barrier used as a starting device for a race
2 : a barrier that when knocked aside by a competitor (such as a skier) starts an electronic timing device

Examples of starting gate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the starting gate at Belmont gives the horse some room to maneuver. John Cherwaspecial Contributor, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 Expansion teams are supposed to leave the starting gate slowly and feel their way through their first seasons. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 When the starting gate opened, Summer Is Tomorrow and Crown Pride sprinted to the early lead, covering the first ¼ mile in 21.78 seconds and the ½ mile in 45.36. Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, 8 May 2022 Rich Strike left the starting gate as an 80-1 shot, and crossed the finish line as the second-longest longshot winner in the Derby’s history. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 8 May 2022 Investment strategists set the broad perspective and track larger trends, just like a trainer gets a horse ready, but leaves the actual race strategy to the jockey, once the starting gate opens. Rob Isbitts, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Baffert’s Winning Map, the second-favorite with Mike Smith up, finished third after bumping Kamui leaving the starting gate. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2021 Taiba got a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate by winning the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby the second time out. Mark Inabinett |, al, 7 May 2022 Classic Causeway and Simplification have already earned sufficient points to guarantee a slot in the Churchill Downs starting gate. Tom Jicha,, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of starting gate

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of starting gate was in 1893

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Last Updated

22 Jun 2022

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“Starting gate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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