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  1. floodgate

    • IPA[ˈflʌdɡeɪt]

    英式

    • n.
      a gate that can be opened or closed to admit or exclude water, especially the lower gate of a lock.;a last restraint holding back an outpouring of something powerful or substantial
    • noun: floodgate, plural noun: floodgates

    • 釋義

    名詞

    • 1. a gate that can be opened or closed to admit or exclude water, especially the lower gate of a lock.
    • a last restraint holding back an outpouring of something powerful or substantial his lawsuit could open the floodgates for thousands of similar claims
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    • IPA[ˈflədˌɡāt]

    美式

    • n.
      a gate that can be opened or closed to admit or exclude water, especially the lower gate of a lock.

    Oxford American Dictionary