"floodgates" in the noun sense
something that restrains a flood or outpouring
"suspension of surveillance opened the floodgates to illegal immigrants"
2. sluicegate, sluice valve, floodgate, penstock, head gate, water gate
regulator consisting of a valve or gate that controls the rate of water flow through a sluice
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