- n something that restrains a flood or outpouring
suspension of surveillance opened the floodgates to illegal immigrants
- n regulator consisting of a valve or gate that controls the rate of water flow through a sluice
- He contends that almost every young child has a "built-in rage for learning" and that parents have "a sacred duty to open the floodgate of all basic knowledge to him.
- But he had done something else as well: he had raised an emotional floodgate for a piece of vital legislation that has been dammed too long by Senate rules and procedure.
- If the court rules this way, it could open the floodgate to a wave of challenges to many of the moderate regulations that most Americans support.
- Al Gore in MTV.com
The Internet opened a floodgate for young people whose passions are finally being heard, but TV hasn't followed suit,said Gore, who also serves as the network's chairman. "Young adults have a powerful voice, but you can't hear that voice...
- Atiku Abubakar in Vanguard
Atiku noted that ever since the visit, there had been an "incredible floodgate of reactions from my friends, political associates, newspaper columnists and other concerned Nigerians."
- AJ McLean in California Chronicle
That opened this huge floodgate of pop music,McLean says. "That's happening all over again. It seems to happen every 10 years. Pop has changed where it's [artists like] Chris Brown and Rihanna, and that's still pop. It's definitely huge...