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  • noun Plural form of flood-gate (alternative spelling of floodgates).


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  • In some places, residents living in garbage-strewn, stagnant water have sabotaged barricades and flood-gates to release floodwaters from their neighborhoods, only to inundate other areas of the city.

    Floodwater Leaves Bangkok Awash in Trash James Hookway 2011

  • Opened the flood-gates, hell; they blew up the fracking dam.

    Think Progress » McCain seen mouthing ‘blame it on Bush’ when Obama outlines the problems he inherited. 2010

  • And this is where the Princess Diana of it all fits into the electoral equation: The moment she drops out — the instant CNN or Fox cuts to the first pundit for analysis — the flood-gates of sympathy open, the career reassessment shifts into gear, the and the canonization of HRC begins.

    Bruce Feirstein: How Hillary Can Win By Losing: Bruce Feirstein Feirstein, Bruce 2008

  • Unhappy wretch! dost not see the flood-gates of trouble opening wide for thee?

    Andromache 2007

  • Unhappy wretch! dost not see the flood-gates of trouble opening wide for thee?

    Andromache 2007

  • It is the very profit motive of the MSM that will incite them to cover this big news story --- for fear of others getting the jump on them ---- even though it will open the flood-gates of impeachment for Cheney, and themn Bush, and then overturn of the entire 'Vichy American' Empire, which the MSM, ironically, is part of.

    Dennis Kucinich: Standing Tall in the House as Cheney Impeachment Bill Advances 2007

  • These childish and savage populations imagined the earth to be flat, supported, I know not how, by its own weight in the air; the sun, moon, and stars to move continually upon a solid vaulted roof called a firmament; and this roof to sustain waters, and have flood-gates at regular distances, through which these waters issued to moisten and fertilize the earth.

    A Philosophical Dictionary 2007

  • This of course opened the flood-gates to well-wishers and cranks, but if the kidnappers didn't call, the traceback equipment couldn't be used.

    Blaze Bachman, Richard 2007

  • This firmament was solid and made of glass, and supported the superior waters which issued from the vast reservoirs by flood-gates, sluices, and cataracts, at the time of the deluge.

    A Philosophical Dictionary 2007

  • The matter was nothing less than putting flood-gates with double bridges, draining three or four hundred acres, cutting canals, and laying out roadways.

    Modeste Mignon 2007


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