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Synonyms for floodgate

something that restrains a flood or outpouring

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regulator consisting of a valve or gate that controls the rate of water flow through a sluice

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But some residents and community activists said allowing the oversized sign would open the floodgates for every business along Ventura Boulevard to get into a war over creating bigger and bigger signs.
The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is open for traffic to the Colorado Locks, which are open and operational, as are the Brazos River Floodgates.
We're concerned about opening the floodgates to action any time an assignment is changed,'' he said.
The assignment involves the concept study of two navigable floodgates in the New Orleans Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC).
Distributors will need to look at new ways to repackage and market their products, because mainstream carriers are preparing the product floodgates to open.
All of a sudden, the floodgates opened, and it's popping up everywhere.
Vacation home development in Costa Rica has intensified since the 1987 Central American peace accord curbed regional political instabilities, opening the floodgates for foreign investment.
Depute fiscal Margaret Porter told Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday: "The floodgates were in place because of the weather which was high tides and strong winds.
THE widow of a smoker is suing a tobacco company in a test case which could open the floodgates to millions of similar claims.
Now we have 70-80 floodgates, a combination of different kinds of gates as well as submarine doors.
SAFE-STANDING campaigner Jon Darch insists Celtic have opened the floodgates for rail seating to be installed in stadiums across the UK.
Fallows very humanely got up, and taking a servant and lights with him, he found a man and a woman nearly exhausted, and clinging to the floodgates, and thus keeping their heads above water.
A NATIONAL case where a woman could claim a cash payout 20 years after divorcing her husband is unlikely to open the floodgates to similar cases says a Huddersfield solicitor.
The (Israeli) army opened the floodgates of a canal leading to Central Gaza, which led to the removal of sand mounds along the border with Israel," Gaza's CDD said in a statement, the Anadolu agency reported.
15, the 10-meter-by-30-meter second gate weighs more than 3,000 tons, and can slide back and forth on rolling wheels, something the old hinged floodgates cannot do.