floodgate

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floodgate

noun allow in massive problems, circumvention, colossal opening, door, escape, exhaust, exit, inundation, means, moat, open faucet, open flood-hatch, open gate, opening, outlet, overflow, provide a wide opening, release, safety valve, spout, vent
Associated concepts: immigration, open the floodgates
See also: crossroad, outlet
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When there's a sudden demand for power in Britain, the head gates are opened and water rushes down tunnels to drive turbines.
They had been peacefully protesting and trying to get the politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., to remove the federal agents who had closed the head gates of their irrigation canal.
In August 2001, many of the farmers and ranchers had agreed that--with or without the help of the local sheriff--they would go en masse to open the head gates so that water could get to their parched farms.
Here is the way one of my articles described what might be called the center ring of one of the biggest environmental stories in 2001: "Encampments grew on both sides of the fences around the closed federal head gates, creating a surreal scene amid suburban homes on the north end of Klamath Falls.
The machine removes feeder head gates, sprue runners and other metal sections on castings with a strong impact force caused by discharging compressed air.
BVR Construction of Churchville will work until 2027 on head gates and stop log rails, which are used to isolate the chambers of the project's 13 turbine generating units.
Merged at head gates, the same for all to see, as one.
timber element details head gates: heel posts - 2 no.
Tenders are invited for Apgenco-srb-srbph-dismantling, Replacement of all seals of u#4 bulk head gates and re-erection of the bulk head gates at srbph